OCTOBER 6, 2017 ♦ 16 TISHRI 5778

     "Sukkot" means "booths," and refers to the temporary dwellings that God commands us to live in during this Yom Tov as our ancestors; the Israelites wandered through the desert for forty years, living in temporary shelters.

      A Sukkah should have 4 walls. The side of a building can be considered a wall. The walls must be made from any material that will withstand an ordinary wind. A commonly used material here in the United States is wood or canvas tied or nailed down so that it does not move about in the wind. The material may be borrowed, but not stolen.

    The covering (roof) of the Sukkah, or the s’chach/literally means covering, must be a material that grew from the earth. This includes tree branches, corn stalks, bamboo, reeds and sticks. But metals, leather and growing trees are excluded. S’chach must be left loose, not bundled together or tied down, it must be placed sparsely enough that rain can get in, and preferably sparsely enough that the stars can be seen, but not so sparsely that there is more sunlight than shade, and not more than ten inches open at any point. The s’chach must be put on last.

    It is a mitzvah, and of course, a lot of fun, decorating the Sukkah. Favorite decorations are drawings and charts of the ushpizin/guests, the 7 eminent male biblical guests who's spirits honor us by visiting the Sukkah. They are: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and King David. Along with the 7 female prophets listed in the Talmud: Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Huldah, and Esther.

    Others hang fresh fruit like apples and grapes from the s’chach. Sit under them at your own risk! Bees like to visit the Sukkah too. A Sukkah must be treated with respect.

      The ARBA MINIM (4 species) are the:

· Etrog (citron)

· Lulav (a date palm branch)

· 3 Hadassim (myrtle twigs)

· 2 Aravot (willow twigs)

We are commanded to take these 4 plants and use them to "rejoice before God." The 3 branches are bound together and referred to collectively as the lulav.


      The four species likens each to a body part: The etrog is the human heart; the palm fronds are the spine; the myrtle is the eyes; the willow is the mouth. Just as one waves all four species before God on Sukkot, so too one uses all the parts of one's body to worship and serve God: heart, spine, eyes, and mouth.

The etrog is held in the left and the lulav in the right hand. With these 4 species in hand, one recites a bracha (blessing) and waves the species in all six directions (east, south, west, north, up and down, symbolizing the fact that God is everywhere).  

        Blessing for the Lulav

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech haolam asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu al n'tilat lulav. (Amein)

Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to take up the lulav. (Amen)

The first time you wave the lulav each year, recite the Shehecheyanu, blessing marking a special occasion:  

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, shehechehyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higianu laz'man hazeh. (Amein)

At Temple Sholom, we too build a Sukkah!  Please join me in celebrating this wonderful holiday in our Sukkot.  We hold our Kiddish this Shabbat morning inside our Sukkot. Bring the family and friends. 

Chag Sameach!

Cantor Hesh

Shabbat Shalom!  Yasher Koach to Rabbi David and Cantor Hesh for leading our High Holiday services.  Thank you to our special guest accompanist with Cantor Hesh, Josh Villanueva for sharing his beautiful voice.  Josh also assisted with our Youth Service on Rosh Hashanah teaching about the holiday and blowing the shofar!  Also, we are so thankful to all that volunteered:  Ushers Malcom Black, Steve Bijou, David Greenblatt, and Stuart Marcus.  Youth Leaders Tara King and Rebecca Weinstein.  Greeters—William Doster, Anbeth Mark, and Joan Marcus.  To all that participated and attended services, Todah Rabah—it is great to see our Temple family gather!  We are here for you all year round—Visit often.

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    Order your Lulav and Etrog—The Lulav and Etrog are used throughout the holiday of Sukkot.  This year, Sukkot is from October 4th thru 11th.
     Blessing the Lulav and Etrog has been the Jewish way of thanking G-d for the blessings of the earth, on the holiday of Sukkot.  We point the Lulav and Etrog in six directions to remind ourselves that G-d’s presence can be found in every area of our lives.  By shaking the Lulav and Etrog vigorously, we commit ourselves to being movers and shakers in the world this year, for good and for blessing.  Try something new that is very old.  Add meaning to your Jewish life and create special memories for your children.  

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Of Mice and Sukkot
by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

(Scene: A temple courtyard. Sara, a fifth-grade Hebrew School teacher, is working with her students to decorate their congregation’s Sukkah. She directs them to string popcorn on nylon thread, cut paper chains from construction paper, and use this year’s Rosh Hashanah cards to tape in the sukkah. A bag of fall apples sprawls in a corner, and the children alternate between munching and hanging the fruits from the sukkah’s roof.)

        Sara: All right, people. Looks like that corner over there (pointing) is a little bare. Rachel and         Chaim—can you take some of the paper chains and fill it in?

        Rachel and Chaim: Sure, Morah (Teacher) Sara.

        Sara (smiling): After we finish hanging the apples and the Indian Corn, we’ll take a break and have a snack. We can practice the brachote (blessings) for different kinds of fruits.

       (Enter George and Lennie: two wandering laborers from John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men. George’s eyes dart back-and-forth, taking in the scene, and looking pointedly at the bag of apples, while Lennie shambles along, totally unaware, only following George. The two are opposites: George is all bones and angles—sharp nose, small, strong hands, giving the impression that he is small and quick. Lennie, on the other hand, drags his feet, resembling a big grizzly, his hands hanging straight down. From time to time, Lennie stealthily puts his right hand in his coat pocket.)

       George (to Sara): ‘Scuse me, Miss (touching his dusty hatbrim). I and my friend Lennie have just come to your town, and we are looking for work. I saw in the front window of your church that you need a caretaker, mebbe. I and my friend would be perfect for this job.

Lennie (to a little girl, Chava): ‘Cause we are going to work hard, and then, buy us a farm. We’ll have all kinds of animals, and we will live off the fatta the lan’.

        Chava: Oh! I love animals. I can’t have a pet, though; we live in an apartment.

       Lennie: Well, then, Missy, when you come to visit us on the farm, I will let you play with my rabbits.

        George: Lennie, what did I tell you about talking to the children? I’m doing business, here. If we can’t get a job, there won’t be no farm, nor no rabbits.

        Lennie: Oh! I’m sorry, George (whispering to Chava): Want to see my pet mouse?

        Chava: Sure.

        Lennie (taking it out): You can pet it, if you want.

        Chava (recoiling): But it’s dead! You killed it!

        George: Sh, sh, Missy—Lennie, what problem have you got us into now?

      Sara (heading off a crisis, as teachers usually do): Children, come into the sukkah (To George and Lennie) and would you gentlemen care to join us? (They all enter.)

      Lennie: I like this little shack. Are we going to sleep here , George? Is this the ranch bunkhouse?

        George: Will you just pipe down for a second?

        Sara: That is a good comment, Mr. Lennie. (To the children) It is customary for some people to sleep in the sukkah—some for one or two nights, some for the entire holiday. And they eat there, too.

        Lennie: We eat canned beans, mostly. I like beans with ketchup.

George: Well, we ain’t got no ketchup. Just be happy and thank the Good Lord for what we do have.

        Sara: That’s right, Mr. George. (To the children) This is the harvest time, and we must thank God for all He gives us.

        Lennie (whispering to George): I like Miss Sara. She has such pretty hair! Do you think that she’ll let me pet it?

        George: Just keep your hands to yourself. Remember what happened last time

        (Enter the Rabbi-Education Director, Rabbi Gold).

        Rabbi Gold: Are these the two gentlemen interested in the caretaker’s position?

        George: Yes, Ma’am, Rabbi Ma’am.

        Rabbi: That will be fine. Just come into my office, and we can discuss this further. Do you have references?

        George: Well, not from our last job, but we sure can come up with something.

        Rabbi: Come along! I’ll tell you what we need, and we can talk salary.

        Lennie: Will we be able to get together with Miss Sara’s class afterward? Chava wanted to pet my mouse.

        George: Will you give me that thing? It’s dead.

        Sara: Mr. Lennie, Mr. George, you are certainly welcome to join us. Sukkot is the holiday where we must remember to help those who are less fortunate. And we will be shaking the lulav, the palm branch….

        Lennie: Maybe we can use that lulav to make a fire, and cook the beans. I like beans with ketchup.

        Rabbi: I think we can find you some in the Temple Food Pantry.

        Chag Same’ach—Happy Sukkot!


Thursday, October 5

                              Sukkot—1st Day

         8:45 am     Morning Minyan

Friday, October 6

                              Sukkot—2nd Day

         8:45 am     Morning Minyan

         7:30 pm     Shabbat Services

Saturday, October 7

                              Haftorah:  Ariel Catz

                              Chol Hamoed

         9:30 am     Morning Services

Monday, October 9

                              Columbus Day (observed)

        8:45 am       Morning Minyan

Wednesday, October 11

                              Hashanah Rabbah

        8:45 am       Morning Minyan

Thursday, October 12

                              Shemini Atzeret

        8:45 am       Morning Minyan

Friday, October 13

                              Simchat Torah

        8:45 am       Morning Minyan

        7:30 pm        Shabbat Services

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