We invite you to celebrate with us Shabbat and Sukkot.
Schedule for Shabbat Ha’azinu and Sukkot***
|Friday 14 October||18.00||Kabbalat Shabbat||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|Saturday 15 October||08.30||Cheder/Religion School||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|08.45||Torah Breakfast||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|10.00||Shabbat Morning Service||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|Sunday 16 October||14.00||Mitzvah School Prize-Giving Ceremony for Matric students of 2016.||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|Sukkot / Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot|
|Sunday 16 October||18.00||Erev Sukkot Service||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|Monday 17 October||09.30||Sukkot Festival Morning Service||Beit Emanuel, 38 Oxford Road, Parktown|
|Friday 21 October||18.00||Kabbalat Shabbat||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|Saturday 22 October||08.45||Torah Breakfast||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|10.00||Shabbat Morning Service (Chol HaMoed)||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd|
|Simchat Torah / Shemini Atzeret|
|Sunday 23 October||18.00||Erev Simchat Torah Service||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd,|
|Monday 24 October||10.00||Shemini Atzeret Festival Morning Service||Bet David, 3 Middle Rd,|
*** Please see separate schedule for all children and youth services and activities
Read more about our upcoming events in the AdKan: adkan-shabbat-ha-azinu-and-sukkot-2016
(Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת), commonly translated as Feast of Tabernacles, sometimes referred to as Chag Ha-Asif, the Festival of Ingathering. It is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous. Sukkot is so unreservedly joyful that it is commonly referred to in Jewish prayer and literature as Z’man Simchateinu), the Season of our Rejoicing.
Throughout the week of Sukkot, meals are eaten in the sukkah and if possible to sleep there, although the requirement is waived in case of rain. On each day of the holiday it is mandatory to perform a waving ceremony with the Four Species (the Lulav and the Etrog.)
Blessing over the Arba Minim (Four Species)
One of the commandments of Sukkot is to take the arba minim (four species) and wave them each day of the holiday (traditionally not on Shabbat). This is normally done during morning services in synagogue, before the Hallel prayers, but you can do it also at home anytime during the day . Both customs are common and acceptable.
Stand facing the north (or whatever direction is toward Jerusalem from where you are).
Take the etrog in your left hand with the stem (green tip) up and the pitam (brown tip) down. Take the lulav (including the palm, myrtle and willow branches bound together) in your right hand. Bring your hands together and recite the blessing below.
After you recite the blessing, turn the etrog so the stem is down and the pitam is up. Be careful not to damage the pitam! With the lulav and etrog together, gently shake forward (north) three times, then pull the lulav and etrog back in front of your chest. Repeat this to the right (east), then over your right shoulder (south), then to the left (west), then up, then down.
|Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
|asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
|al n’tilat lulav (Amein)
to take up the lulav (Amen)