HOLIDAY OF SUKKOT
DATES OF SUKKOT FOR 2017: WEDNESDAY EVE, OCTOBER 4 - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
SHEMINI ATZERET & SIMCHAT TORAH: WEDNESDAY EVE, OCTOBER 11 - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
The Boston Sukkah is located in Public Alley 421 -
in the courtyard of the historic Gibson House Museum
(137 Beacon Street).
Alley 421 is between Beacon and Marlborough Streets and Arlington and Berkeley Streets.
Join us in the Sukkah on the following dates: RSVP required.
Stop-In with your family and friends to shake the Lulav & Etrog and make a blessing in the Sukkah.
For more information call 617.247.7100 or email: info@BostonChabad.org
Holiday & Shabbat Services:
All services will be held at the Taj Hotel | 15 Arlington Street
Thursday morning, October 12 at 9:30 AM (Taj Hotel - Taj Room)
Yizkor Memorial Service at 11:00 AM - Thursday, October 12
Thursday evening, Simchat Torah, October 12 7:30 PM
(at 121 Beacon Street Unit 2 | Boston, MA)
Friday morning, October 13 at 9:30 AM (Taj Hotel - Taj Room)
Friday evening, Kabbalat Shabbat, October 13 at 7:00 PM
(Taj Hotel - Taj Room)
Shabbat morning, October 14 at 9:45 AM (Taj Hotel - Petite Ballroom)
Wednesday evening, October 11 Dinner at 7:30 PM (Sukkah 137 Beacon Street)
Thursday morning, October 12 Lunch at 12:00 PM(Sukkah)
Thursday evening, October 12 Simchat Torah at 7:30 PM (121 Beacon Street Unit 2 | Boston)
Friday morning, October 13 Kiddush Lunch at 12:00 PM (Hotel)
Shabbat Kiddish Luncheon at 12:00 PM (Taj Hotel - Petite BallRoom)
For Simchat Torah Celebration on Thursday, October 12 Click Here
WHAT IS THE HOLIDAY OF SUKKOT?
For forty years, as our ancestors traversed the Sinai Desert prior to their entry into the Holy Land, miraculous "clouds of glory" surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert. Ever since, we remember G‑d's kindness and reaffirm our trust in His providence by dwelling in a Sukkah – a hut of temporary construction with a roof-covering of branches – for the duration of the autum Sukkot festival. For seven days and nights, we eat all our meals in the sukkah – reciting a special blessing – and otherwise regard it as our home.
The seven days of Sukkot is immediately followed by the holiday of Shemini Atzeret and Simchas Torah.
THE LULAV AND ETROG:
Another mitzvah that is unique to Sukkot is the taking of the Four Kinds: an etrog (citron), a lulav (palm frond), at least three hadassim (myrtle branches) and two aravot (willow branches). The Midrash tells us that the Four Kinds represent the various types and personalities that comprise the community of Israel, whose intrinsic unity we emphasize on Sukkot.
Wishing you a Chag Sameach – a Joyous and Meaningful Holiday!
Candle Lighting Blessings for the Holiday of Sukkot:
1. Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-sov ve-tzi-vo-nu le-had-lik ner shel Yom Tov.
Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the light of the Festival Day.
2. Bo-ruch a-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ho-olom she-he-che-ya-nu vi-kee-yi-ma-nu vi-hi-gee-an-u liz-man ha-zeh.
Translation: Blessed are you, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and let us reach this time.
Shabbat Blessing: Boruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Vi-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Sha-bos Ko-desh.
Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the holy Shabbat.