From Rabbi White's Study

Rabbi Michael White

 

Please join us for our joyous Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebrations. Sukkot on Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30pm and informal study on Thursday, October 5 at 9:00am; and Simchat Torah on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30pm and Yizkor on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00pm.
 
Our October holy days, Sukkot and Simchat Torah, focus on rootlessness, on wandering, on homelessness. The sukkah we build outside our synagogue building is a replica of the desert booths that sheltered our ancestors during their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. The sukkah is open and fragile, offering no protection against nature’s elements. It brings no comfort, no warmth, and no shield against rain or wind. And no matter what Mother Nature has in store for us, we are commanded to spend time in the sukkah, to share meals in the sukkah, to invite guests into the sukkah.
 
Yet these holidays are joyous, filled with informal music, easy services and lots of singing and dancing. So we celebrate our rootlessness, our lack of sound shelter and our exposure to nature’s often cruel weather by singing and dancing, laughing and eating. It’s a strange mix.
 
I think Sukkot’s wisdom is its reminder that shelter isn’t our greatest source of strength; community, joy and good companionship are what shelter us through all life’s wilderness journeys. After the solemn formality of the High Holy Days, Sukkot and Simchat Torah come to inspire us to delight in each other, to enjoy each other, and to reaffirm the strength of community. 
 
Sometimes there’s pizza, and there is always candy and cookies. We sing, and we unroll the Torah, we dance and we laugh; we laugh a lot. Yom Kippur is emotionally weighty and challenging. Sukkot and Simchat Torah are full of delight. So please join us and celebrate your Judaism. We’ll make sure there are enough cookies for you and your family! 

L’Shalom

Rabbi Michael White

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