Brain Bush’s Blog

Sukkoth 2014

  • By : Brian Bush
  • October 14, 2014
  • 3:06 pm

Hello Everyone!

As I'm sure you know from watching the Harvest Show – that this week I'm giving you Moments from the Holy Land – it's Sukkoth here in Israel.

Tonight will usher in the final day of the holiday.

Let's look at what the holiday is all about.

It is a seven-day festival (and the Old City has been absolutely packed) and largely a family gathering time.

In the Old Testament you can find the references to the holiday in Leviticus 23:34-35 and 23:39-43.

Essentially, it is a time of remembrance that God delivered the Children of Israel from the hand of Egypt's bondage.

The center point is the Sukkot, the temporary 'throw together booth' in which Jewish families will typically share a meal within, talk about (what we refer to as the Old Testament) interpretations, and even sleep within if possible.

It is primarily meant to remind Jews of the wondering their forefathers did in the wilderness – and how God provided for them in every way.

Sukkoth is characterized by two main practices today.

First is the hut I just described, and the second today a special bouquet.

It consists of a closed palm frond, a citron, a myrtle branch and a willow branch – which is held during morning prayers.

Its origins derive from Leviticus 23:40, and there are many extra-biblical traditional explanations of its symbolism.

Join me tomorrow on the Harvest Show to learn more about Sukkoth, in our Moments from the Holy Land – together from here in Jerusalem!

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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