Feast of Tabernacles 2021 – Israeli Guest Night

Sukkot or Sukkoth (Succos) is again around us to bring us a Festival of Ingathering.

The days are sometimes going so fast that before we know it we are already facing another special time of the year and one of the last of the Biblical Fall Feast. It’s celebrated in the 7th month on the 15th day of the month to the 21st day of the 7th month on the Biblical calendar. On the Gregorian Calendar 2021 these dates are September 21st – 27th (In Israel Monday 20-. 27 September). The 7th month on the Biblical calendar is also known by its Babylonian name Tishri.

Every day is a day to honour the Most Highest, but from the evening of September 22-29 we will have daily worship services along with several Bible studies throughout the Feast.

Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, is considered one of the happiest times in the Jewish calendar and comes out 15 days after the Jewish new year and five days after Yom Kippur. At the end of Summer, the farmers have started to cut the grains and to make the best of the harvest. Normally seven days after that the farmers have gathered in their corn and their wine there is reason to rejoice in your feast. This year was very cold and wet, and the corn is still very small and at some places even becoming black. Though having had all those wet days and flooding we shall not let our heads down., As written in the Scriptures we shall call our sons and our daughters, but also our servants (if we have them), but also think of strangers in the neighbourhood, refugees as well as the lonely ones.

We always may find good reason to have a feast for the Elohim, but now we have seven days that we shall keep a solemn feast to the Bore, Jehovah our God. We share with those around us our happiness and conviction that our God shall bless us in all our increase, and in all the works of our hands. Therefore we shall surely rejoice.

(Maftir) 13 “You are to keep the festival of Sukkot for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and winepress. 14 Rejoice at your festival — you, your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, the L’vi’im, and the foreigners, orphans and widows living among you. 15 Seven days you are to keep the festival for Adonai your God in the place Adonai your God will choose, because Adonai your God will bless you in all your crops and in all your work, so you are to be full of joy!
(Deuteronomy 16:13-15 Complete Jewish Bible)

Historically, Sukkot was the holiday on which Judaic people from all nations pilgrimaged to Jerusalem (called an aliyah leregel – ascending by foot), with fruits and other gifts to offer as sacrifices in the temple, commemorating the 40 years of wandering the Israelites underwent in the desert on their way to Canaan, the promised land.
For the past three decades, thousands of Christians from around the world also have come to Jerusalem every fall to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

The Feast, which is a huge statement of solidarity with Israel, includes the traditional Israeli Guest Night, an event opened to thousands of Israelis to enjoy a musical program geared towards a Jewish audience. Israelis can enjoy their first experience in the new arena along with their Christian friends from around the world, featuring special performances by Israeli and foreign artists.

When you, like me are not able to go to Israel , make this week one full of music and shared blessings.

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  1. How the Chaggim separate and distinguish the system & rule of law within a Torah Constitutional Republic of Tribes\States from the rule of law in Goyim countries and civilizations. טוב

    What distinguishes between 8th day Shemini atzeret in Israel with Simchat Torah on the 9th day in g’lut? According to the Gemara, Shemine atzeret qualifies as a Chag in its own right. Therefore this one day Chag compares to Chag Shevuoth. Just as Chag Shevuoth, like Chag Pesach and Chag Sukkot, has 6 days to offer the Musof Amida for the Chag if you did not say it the 1st day, so too Chag Shevuoth. Therefore just as this rule of the Chag applies equally with Chag Shevuoth, so too it likewise applies to Chag Shemini atzeret.

    This rule does not apply to Simchat Torah, Chag aliyat to the Torah רמז: to the land of Israel. Yom Ha’atzmaut learns from Simchat Torah. Just as on Simchat Torah we say the full Hallel and do not daven Tahanun, so too and how much more so, we likewise do the same on Yom Ha’atzmaut – a very very special and important day in the history of the Jewish people!

    The Gemara (Pesachim 117a) states: “The prophets instituted the recitation of Hallel at various times of the year and whenever Jews are redeemed from dire straits.” Rashi (s.v.Ve’al) adds that Chanukah serves as an important precedent for reciting Hallel to rejoice comparable to the redemption from Egyptian slavery. The Meiri (Pesachim 117a) writes that if a miracle happens to an individual or to a community of Jews, then that community may establish the day of redemption as a day for reciting Hallel without a Beracha. Only if the miracle occurred to all Jews, such as Chanukah, may we recite Hallel with a Beracha.

    Yom Ha’atzmaut clearly qualifies as a Chag similar to Purim, where 5 Arab armies invaded the newly declared Jewish State with the intent to complete the Nazi Shoah and throw the Jews of ארץ ישראל into the Sea. The same equally applies to the 2nd War of Israeli Independence, the 6 Day War, where Nasser declared his intent to accomplish what the Arabs failed in achieve in 1948! Commemorating the astonishing and outstanding Victory of ’67, to merits saying the full Hallel!

    Some argue that the restoration of the Bait Hamikdash constitutes redemption for the entire Jewish nation, but that restoration of Jewish sovereignty over a portion of Eretz Yisrael redeems only the Jews who reside in Eretz Yisrael. Utter narishkeit and complete drivel. King Shlomo failed to heed the council given by the prophet Natan … HaShem never commanded any Prince to build Him a House of Cedar. King Shlomo failed to weigh the last commandment which Moshe Rabbenu established as his Last Will and Testament to all generations of Israel … building the Cities of Refuge in order to establish the Federal small and Great Sanhedrin lateral Court system within the Republic of Tribes\States.

    Restoration of the Federal lateral Courtrooms legal system takes priority of importance over building a never commanded House of Cedar unto HaShem. Reestablishment of the Written Torah as the Constitution of the Chosen Cohen Republic does not negate the pre-existing rule of law established by the Knesset Parliament currently governing the Jewish State. Reestablishment of the Written Torah as the Constitution of the Jewish State in no shape, manner, or form qualifies as a revolution against the State established by secular Jewry in 1948. The rule of law role of the Federal Sanhedrin lateral common law courts, they functions through ‘legislative review’ of all laws passed by the Knesset or any other Tribal\State legislation within the Republic.

    The penal system common among Goyim nations, applies primarily for Goyim temporarily residing within the borders of the Jewish State. Public correction of bnai brit prisoners convicted of crimes, by the Torah rule of law, centers upon imposing lashes and compensation fines rather than building prisons to house prisoners. The rule of law within the Torah Constitutional society seeks to build respect among and between bnai brit allies, who view others among our People as strangers. Justice can not prevail within the oath sworn lands if our people lack the Will to discern between an unknown bnai brit Israel, from an unknown Goy alien stranger. The Torah specifically limits the number of lashes imposed upon a convicted bnai brit criminal, to emphasize the obligation among all bnai brit in a Torah Constitutional Republic, to respect the dignity of our people. Justice stands upon this יסוד, the Torah obligation to respect the dignity of our brit\allied People – who comprise the chosen Cohen nation.

    The k’vanna and purpose of Chag Sukkot. טוב

    Chag Sukkot serves to sanctify postive time oriented commandments. This closing re’gel learns from tallit. The mitzva of tallit – forming a tent by means of this 4 cornered garment, which therein houses, all the תרי”ג commandments. If a Jew lives in a community which has no eruv. That Jew can place the four species in the sukkah and even on shabbot make a wave offering dedication of these four species! The four species learn from the four questions asked during the Seder night of Pesach. As tallit raises positive and negative commandments, which require no k’vanna, unto positive time oriented commandments, which do require k’vanna. So too and in similar vein the private domain of sukka – day or night – it makes an aliya of the Baal Shem Tov, meaning ‘Fear of Heaven’. The time of day does not define the required k’vanna of any positive time oriented commandment.

    The Rif held that ‘fear of heaven’ most essentially defines the k’vanna of any positive time oriented commandment; he held, for example, that if a person deposited a shofer before his Beit Din, that that Jew could come before his Court and blow the Shofer on the Shabbot! Making a wave offering dedication of the 4 species most essentially requires Baal Shem Tov\fear of heaven/ as the most important k’vanna a person MUST have at the moment of sanctifying the commandment to wave the 4 species before HaShem. The reputation and good name of a person, it can evaporate like the morning dew, through any stupid, rash decision made in an emotional moment. Our walk before HaShem, which the 4 species metaphorically represent, they, so to speak, expose where we stand at any particular moment in time?

    Do we continually strive to do t’shuva upon both our Ya’tzirot within our heart? Or do we become oblivious to the fire that continuously burns concealed within our being? The binding of the 4 species, the k’vanna of this mitzva, centers upon development of our awareness of emotional conflicts which continually erupt from within our hearts. The Yatzir within us compares to a hungry tiger concealed within the morass of jungle foliage – just waiting to pounce and transform or Good Name unto tuma trief!

    In our walk before HaShem throughout the coming year, the stability of our internal emotional awareness compares to that of a temporary Sukka. The wave offering of the 4 species weighs, it represents the instability of our emotional awareness starkly contrasted by our long term appreciation, joy, and thankfulness that HaShem transforms past, present, and future behaviorial maturity, comparable to the Sukka schach, tohor middot they transform rote positive and negative religious commandments unto positive time oriented commandments.

    Fear of Heaven arouses our Will to dedicate tohor middot, as our Yatzir Ha’Tov t’shuva dedication to HaShem. When the claws and fangs of our predatory Yatzir Ha’Ra pounces upon us, throughout the coming New Year, the tohor dedicated middot burning within our hearts, this Yatzir Ha’Tov, it protects and shields our Good Name. At the moment of that Heavenly test of our faith, HaShem remembers Avraham and Yitzak at the Akada!

    Hallel defines the k’vanna of saying the פסוקי דזמרה throughout the year. Saying Hallel with genuine joy, it defines the purpose and reason for saying the פסוקי דזמרה throughout the daily da’avening throughout the coming New Year. The essential k’vanna of the kabbala of מעשה בראשית it defines the indispensable substance which the unique relationship between the Hallel to the פסוקי דזמרה most essentially share. The blessing of made, which raises פסוקי דזמרה from a collection of Tehillem praises, to that of making a Torah brit oath, the enthusiasm and genuine pleasure we feel when we say Hallel during Chag Sukkot. Herein explains why Chag Sukkot qualifies as the time of our joy.

    Rainfall in a parched desert land, causes the hearts of farmers to exalt before their Creator. Chag Sukkot expresses the awareness of the chosen Cohen nation, and our great need for rain. What separates the oath sworn lands from all other countries and civilizations, the Cohen nation, our political and social stability as a people, hinges upon rainfall from the heavens in their required times and seasons. The metaphor of our absolute dependence upon rain, this mussar expresses our deepest needs, required upon all Cohen bnai brit, in all generations, for us to build a Good Name in our daily walk before HaShem. Buiding a Good Name and reputation has infinitely greater holiness than building a House of Cedar unto HaShem. Herein defines the purpose and meaning of life on this earth.

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      1. The Purpose of Writing this blog. To some degree bases itself upon the book: Six Days of War, by Michael B. Oren. P.2: While it may be useless to try to pinpoint the cause or causes of the Middle East war of 1967, one can describe the context in which that war became possible. Much like the hypothetical butterfly that, flapping its wings, gives rise to currents that eventually generate a storm, so, too, might small, seemingly insignificant events spark processes leading ultimately to cataclysm.

        View myself as a totally insignificant butterfly of a person. But this tiny, mostly ignored blog, hopes to spark public criticism of Reshonim scholarship decisions made and expressed through their commentaries written on the Talmud and T’NaCH literature. Yeshiva Orthodox education forbids criticism of these early secondary sources. This decision, it seems to me — just plain wrong. The current cat-fights within the Israeli Knesset, I bring as primary evidence that leadership decisions inspire open and critical debates.

        Any study of rabbinic scholarship, especially during the Middle Ages prior to Napoleon liberating our People from the war criminal ghetto gulags, merits criticism and close scrutiny. It takes two hands to clap. Despite the lack of physical evidence which supports this thesis, my gut tells me that church leadership alone in the 16th Century, could never have succeeded in implementing ghetto gulags, spread across Europe and Russia, without the support of Kapo like Jews – modeled after Max Naumann (12 January 1875 – May 1939), founder of Verband nationaldeutscher Juden. This disgrace for a human being compares to the likes of Benedict Arnold, John Amery, Harold Cole, Vidkun Quisling, Philippe Pétain etc., criminals who supported the Nazis, and assisted in the war against the Jews of Europe.

        The introduction of political Zionism late in the 19th Century, it serves as an example of the butterfly effect, which so aroused nationalism and international wars that followed thereafter. Rabbinic Orthodoxy’s reaction to Zionism so contrasts with their total failure to denounce and destroy the Ari false gnostic kabbala\forbidden additions to the sealed Jewish masoret. This radical mystic kabbala perverted the classic מעשה בראשית masoret, as expressed through the Siddur; it opened the gates of tuma which history refers to as the false messiah heresies. That gnostic kabbala butterfly effect produced, so to speak, a unique social chaos chain reaction which culminated in the Cossack pogroms of 1648.

        A study of history entails much more than people, dates, and places. Before the Peace of Westphalia (1648), the numerous German principalities under the Holy Roman Empire restricted and limited their autonomy; these principalities could not conduct foreign affairs that resulted mutual treaties with other countries or empires. The removal of these legal restrictions effectively transformed these German principalities into Independent States.

        According to Frank Chiang, The One-China Policy: State, Sovereignty, and Taiwan’s International Legal Status, 2018. Modern States share some four common features: (1) the people; (2) a territory in which the people inhabit; (3) a ruler—a king or a sovereign prince—who bears sovereignty; and (4) the capability to engage in relations with other States. It seems to me, that European hostile rhetoric propaganda seeks to subvert the Jewish State; by shoving these four rules, magically concealed through false but repeated declarations of “International Law”, which intend to turn Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem into a kind of “Foie Gras”! As if Israel exists as a domesticated goose under the authority of the EU, Russia, and UN.

        Arab refugees populations, captured as a consequence of the victory of the 2nd Israeli War of Independence, have no rights. The moral outrage expressed by European Capitals completely ignores the treatment Jews received under European rule for over 2000 years, which terminated in the Shoah\Final Solution. European Capital lost their First among equals, first world status – following their defeat in WW ll. Israel does not recognize the right of any European government to sit as a permanent member on the UN Security Council. Both London and Paris merit no respect, they both aided the Nazi war effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

        These dethroned and defrocked ‘Great Powers’, the moral cowardice of their leaders, openly encouraged the lessor States of Europe to follow suit. The same holds true with the Reshonim scholarship on the Talmud following the Rambam Civil War. The same chain of consequences resulted in the Yankee war of aggression against the South. The Yankee victors replaced a Constitutional Republic of States, with a corrupt democracy.

        This post Civil War democracy, continually expands the voting franchise unto individuals not politically educated, and who have little or no stake in the political decisions, that these ‘democratically elected leaders’ effect upon the lives of the People; lobbies have replaced Governors and State Legislatures as the dominating influence over the Federal Congress persons and Senators. Lobbies write the Bills which bribed Congressmen and Senators present to Congress. Herein defines the corruption of Washington which ultimately define American law.

        The Rambam Civil War produced a similar corrosive deterioration upon the scholarship of both the Talmud and T’NaCH. Rabbinic leadership thereafter gave but mere lip service to the contrasting kabbala masoret of פרדס ומעשה בראשית as did the post Civil War Yankee governments in Washington honor and respect States Rights. Yeshiva educated, and how much more so, the common man on the street, neither Jew has the slightest idea how the kabbala of מעשה בראשית defines the k’vanna required to da’aven through the Siddur; the mitzvot of kiddushin and get\agunah and all positive time oriented commandments דאורייתא ודרבנן.

        Rabbinic Judaism does not strive to define tohor, contrasted by tuma, middot. Despite the fact that the Gemara of ברכות emphatically teaches that tefillot function in the stead of korbanot. Today the rote ritual of da’avening tefilla duplicates the offering of a barbeque unto Heaven, whereby king Shaul defied the commandment of the prophet Shmuel, and profaned his anointing as the Moshiach. King Shaul effectively turned the Moshiach blessing, into a Torah curse; just as when the people who originally asked the prophet Shmuel for a king; and rain, during the dry season, immediately thereafter fell!

        In 1948 and 1967 secular Jewry secured victory for the Jewish people by winning our two wars of Independence. A tremendous accomplishment. But the continued home rule of the Jewish people upon these lands, based upon the Torah as our Constitutional masoret, requires from all generations of Jews thereafter, strive to establish: (1) The Torah as the Written Constitution of the Cohen Republic of States. (2) Rebuild the Cities of Refuge, and therein establish the lateral courts of common law; the small and Great Sanhedrin(s) authorized to impose lashes as the defining criminal code of Jewish law as opposed & contrasted by Penitentiary Ghettos which define the western codes of criminal justice. Justice must restore compensation for damages imposed – in a quick and fair manner by the lateral Common Law Courts. (3) Cut a canal which connects the Mediterranean with the Salt Sea; to cause rain to fall upon the Negev and Sahara deserts. The intent, to send the Arab refugee populations, currently temporarily residing within Israel, to farm these now fertile crop producing lands of North Africa. The Torah blessing of causing rain to give life unto barren Wilderness lands, promises to transform Egypt and North African States unto the main trading partners of the Cohen Republic of Israel.

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