HOLIDAY OF SUKKOT
DATES OF SUKKOT FOR 2018: SUNDAY EVE, SEPTEMBER 23 - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
SHEMINI ATZERET & SIMCHAT TORAH: SUNDAY EVE, SEPTEMBER 30 - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
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:
~ Friday, September 28. Dinner at 8:00 PM
~ Shabbat, September 29. Lunch at 12:00 PM
~ Sunday, September 30 4:00- 6:00 PM
~ Sunday, September 30 dinner & dancing with the Torah in the sukkah 6:15 - 8:00 PM
~ Monday, October 1, Prayers at 7:30 AM
Yizkor Service 8:15 AM
~ Monday, October 1 Dancing with the Torah at 7:30 PM at 118 Beacon Street Rooftop
~ Tuesday, October 2. Prayers 8:00 - 9:00 AM
RSVP not required, but appreciated.
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
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.