3) "Four species" of fruits and branches are waved in the sukkah
In keeping with the Sukkot focus on God's natural creation, the Jewish people are commanded to wave a bundle of vegetation in their festive booths. This organic cluster contains "four species" of branches and fruits:
4) The first night of Sukkot is always a full moo
- Etrog (citron fruit)
- Lulav (frond of date palm)
- Hadass (myrtle bough)
- Aravah (willow branch)
The Hebrew calendar is based on the moon's orbit, and each Jewish month begins with a new moon. Sukkot falls on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which is the apex of the moon's monthly cycle. On this night,the moon is directly aligned with the sun and fully illuminated. 5) Sukkot was a pilgrimage festival
In ancient times, there were three occasions in the year when Jewish people made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices in the Temple. Sukkot was one of these holy feasts, along with Passover and Shavuot. 6) After the end of days, all nations will come to Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot
The Prophet Zechariah tells of a time after the end of days battle in Jerusalem when Gentiles from the nations will come up to the city to celebrate Sukkot. In this future age, non-Jews who recognize the God of Israel will make an annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles and join in the festive celebrations. Now, here's a surprise bonus fact.
At Lev Haolam, we carry a Sukkot vision in our hearts. Not only do we long to see the flow of blessings between Israel and the nations, but we are also passionate about the wonders of God's natural creation.
Take a look at our packages and you'll see just how many organic, naturally-sourced products we include. This is our all-year Sukkot gift to you!