Happy Sukkot 2019!!!
Sukkot (Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת, sukkōt), commonly translated as Festival of Tabernacles (traditional Ashkenazi spelling Sukkos/Succos) also known as Chag HaAsif (חג האסיף), the Festival of Ingathering, is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month, Tishrei (varies from late September to late October). During the existence of the Jerusalem Temple, it was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Hebrew: שלוש רגלים, shalosh regalim) on which the Israelites were commanded to perform a pilgrimage to the Temple.
The names used in the Torah are Chag HaAsif, translated to "Festival of Ingathering" or "Harvest Festival", and Chag HaSukkot, translated to "Festival of Booths". This corresponds to the double significance of Sukkot. The one mentioned in the Book of Exodus is agricultural in nature—"Festival of Ingathering at the year's end" (Exodus 34:22)—and marks the end of the harvest time and thus of the agricultural year in the Land of Israel. The more elaborate religious significance from the Book of Leviticus is that of commemorating the Exodus and the dependence of the People of Israel on the will of God (Leviticus 23:42–43).
The holiday lasts seven days in Israel and eight in the diaspora. The first day (and second day in the diaspora) is a Shabbat-like holiday when work is forbidden. This is followed by intermediate days called Chol Hamoed, when certain work is permitted. The festival is closed with another Shabbat-like holiday called Shemini Atzeret (one day in Israel, two days in the diaspora, where the second day is called Simchat Torah). Shemini Atzeret coincides with the eighth day of Sukkot outside Israel.
The Hebrew word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah, "booth" or "tabernacle", which is a walled structure covered with s'chach (plant material, such as overgrowth or palm leaves). A sukkah is the name of the temporary dwelling in which farmers would live during harvesting, a fact connecting to the agricultural significance of the holiday stressed by the Book of Exodus. As stated in Leviticus, it is also intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah and many people sleep there as well.
From left to right, lulav with Hadasim and Aravot, etrog carrier, and etrog used on Sukkot
Official name Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת
Observed by Jews, Hebrews,Israelites, Messianic Jews, Samaritans,Semitic Neopagans
Significance One of the three pilgrimage festivals
Observances Dwelling in sukkah, taking the Four Species, hakafot andHallel in Synagogue
Begins 15th day of Tishrei
Ends 21st day of Tishrei (22nd outside of Israel, overlapping with Shemini Atzeret)
Date 15 Tishrei, 16 Tishrei, 1 Tishrei, 18 Tishrei, 19 Tishrei, 20 Tishrei, 21 Tishrei
2018 date Sunset, 23 September –
nightfall, 30 September
2019 date Sunset, 13 October –
nightfall, 20 October
Related to Shemini Atzeret,Simchat Torah
Welcome to “The Way” ResTorah-ation and “The Way” Congregation.
We are a group of Hebrew roots believers. We believe in Yeshua (Jesus) as our Messiah. We meet weekly on the Sabbath to study the Torah (the first five books of the Bible), the Prophets, and the Writings (as Proverbs and Psalms), and their undeniable impact on really understanding the Gospels. We also study the Letters of the Apostles, and the Revelation of John. "We continue to believe everything according to the Torah and everything written in the Prophets.” God used His Appointed Times (Festivals of Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits) for Yeshua’s first coming to earth as our Rabbi and Savior; we feel that God will use His Appointed Times (Feasts of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles) for Yeshua’s return to earth as the King of Kings. For this reason we celebrate all of the commanded festivals in Exodus. As Yeshua Himself said “not the smallest letter will pass away from the Torah until Heaven and earth pass away” (Matthew 5:17-18). We are still to honor God’s sacred Sabbath Day; the day God Himself created for rest and worship (Genesis 2). We feel that we have been “born again” and “made spiritually clean” by the “living water of Baptism”; we have been made holy by the precious blood that our Messiah, Yeshua shed on the cross for our transgressions of the Torah; and we have received a brand new nature by the gift of the Holy Spirit celebrated on the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost in Greek). We feel that the tree of Israel (Romans 11) is composed of both Messianic Jews and Gentiles, but the root and trunk of that tree will always be the genetic sons of Abraham, who protected and preserved the Torah, Prophets and Writing for thousands of years. If God is leading you to a deeper understanding of the whole Bible, we extend an open invitation to you to join us on our Hebrew Roots, Messianic journey.
Scott D. Oliver