Harvest Festival of Joy

September 20, 2018

RabbiWQAidzerheadshot-206x259What a wonderful start to our Temple year together! We’ve celebrated Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, complete with multiple services, inspiring music, thoughtful words, introspection and reflection, and the soul-heavy work of beginning the new year with a clean slate. A thank you to all who participated and attended – your presence enriched us all. And great appreciation to those who worked behind the scenes to make sure everything went so smoothly.

Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are important dates on the Jewish calendar, holidays with serious themes and theological contemplation. The next holiday is all about joy! Sukkot is Judaism’s original harvest festival. As somber as Yom Kippur can be, Sukkot is supposed to be just as joyous. For our ancestors, it was about celebrating the fall harvest and the bounty of agricultural produce. While most of us are no longer as connected to farming as they were, we can still celebrate our bounty of blessings. With this new year now begun, what are you grateful for? What are the blessings in your life? Come celebrate them for Sukkot!

We’ll have several opportunities to celebrate Sukkot together at Temple Beth El. On this Sunday night, Sept. 23, at 6:00pm, join in “Sukkah-Palooza,” with a delicious pizza dinner, Sukkot games and crafts, and a HAYRIDE from Lupardi’s Nursery. (Please RSVP by Friday to the Temple Office.) On Monday, Sept. 24, at 10:30am, join in a collaborative Sukkot morning service at Temple Emeth in Teaneck, along with Temple Sinai. And on Friday, Sept. 28, our Shabbat Family Service during Sukkot will feature a Pie-Tasting Oneg. Bring or bake your favorite pie and taste them all!

Sukkot is a time to count our blessings. You are part of the blessing that is the Temple Beth El community and I hope you will share in our celebration of that as we celebrate Sukkot together.