We also build our booth last week reminding us of "G-d's benevolence in providing for all the Jews' needs in the desert" on their exodus out of Egypt. Sadly the day after we got a huge storm and the succah decided to travel a few meters. As we had repaired the damage we got a big rainshower the day after and everything was drenched. In only rained briefly two weeks ago and exactly when in the succah we got our first big rainshower this season. Anyway, tomorrow we"ll celebrate Simhat Torah, the 8th day after 7 days Succoth and than back to work!
Succah in bad weather.
The 4 species, lulav and etrog at a side-table.
Two of the kids at the dinnertable in the succah. Badly lit but it was evening.
As I was home all week during succoth I was able to catch up a lot with my graphics and bring a daily freebie. I"ll probably won't have the time when I get back to my office job on wednesday, but here is a freebie reminding us of the next Jewish holiday that takes 8 days :) Sadly I won't have free days with that one, but it is one of my favorite holidays! Hanukah.
The Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, and may occur from late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar.
The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a special candelabrum, the Hanukiah, one light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. An extra light called a shamash, (Hebrew: "guard" or "servant") is also lit each night, and is given a distinct location, usually higher or lower than the others. The purpose of the extra light is to adhere to the prohibition, specified in the Talmud (Tracate Shabbat 21b-23a), against using the Hanukkah lights for anything other than publicizing and meditating on the Hanukkah story. (The shamash is used to light the other lights.)
A Hanukiah candelabrum has therefore 9 arms, whereas a Menorah, the candelabrum that was lit in the Holy Temple has only 7.
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