As of this Sunday evening Jews around the world will be thankful for their present days by remembering a time when they were vulnerable to the elements. They will remember the time when God led them through the Sinai Desert for 40 years. They will remember how in those days, God not only miraculously provided them with food literally from “thin air” and water from a Rock, but also kept their shoes and clothing from going threadbare. He also went before to combat their enemies.
In honor of this remembrance, they will build a”Sukkah” - flimsy booth or shelter in their yard, balcony, terrasse or side street, and make sure to spend some time in it fellowshipping with family and friends every day. At this time of the year, Israel has very nice weather so it is a pleasant custom, but it is not always the case everywhere, especially in our Northwest, and yet still it is nice to cozy up in the Sukkah even in bad weather..
Here is another thing they will do. They will gather what they call “The 4 species.”
Here is the code to decipher the meaning of this strange custom. The 4 species are made to remind Israel of their social make-up.
This is a beautiful reminder that it takes all kinds to make a world, and that all included in the beautiful bouquet of society.
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