Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sukkot


The Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins tonight and lasts for 7 days. During these 7 days, we eat sit and sometimes sleep in our sukkot, huts. We build sukkot in our backyard, usually made of wood or fabric with a roof of leaves or branches. This is to remind us of the huts in which the Jews lived in while in the desert and also to remind of of the Divine clouds which protected the Jews. It is important to remember, with everything that is going on in the world, that just as Hashem protected the Jews in the desert, so will He shelter us under His divine wings.
During these 7 days, we shake the arbaat haminim, meaning the four species. They are a citron, a palm branch, myrtle branches and willow branches. We shake them up and down and in all directions to remind us that G-d's rule extends in all directions. The 4 species also represent Jewish unity- the citron has taste and smell, the palm has taste, the myrtle has smell and the willow has none. These represent 4 types of Jews: those with merits and good deeds, those with only good deeds, those with only merits and those who have none. Only united are the Jewish people complete.

Chag Sukkot Sameach! Happy Sukkot everyone!

6 comments:

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Brooke said...

Have a good Sukkot!

Gentile said...

Teachings of Talmud concerning Non-Jews

* Cheat Non-Jews
Sanhedrin 57a. A Jew need not to pay a cuthean (gentile) the wages owed him for work.

* Lie to Non-Jews
Baba Kamma 113a. Jews may use subterfuges (lies) to circumvent a Gentile.

* Kill, rob and steal Non-Jew
Baba Mezia 24a. If a Jew finds an object lost by a heathen (gentile) it does not have to be returned. (Affirmed also in Baba Kamma 113b). Sanhedrin 76a. God will not spare a Jew who marries his daughter to an old man or takes a wife for his infant son or returns a lost article to a cuthean (gentile)... Sanhedrin 57a. When a Jew murders a gentile, there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a cuthean (gentile) he may keep. Baba Kamma 37b. The gentiles are outside the protection of the the law and God has exposed their money to Israel. [ Remember this when you seek the advice of Jewish lawyer ]

* Non-Jews are Sub-humans
Yebamoth 98a. All gentile children are animals. Abodah Zarah 36b. Gentile girls are in a state of niddah (filth) from birth. Baba Mezia. Jews are human beings ; the other peoples of the world are not human beings, but beasts. Abodah Zorah 22a-22b. Non-Jews prefer do sex with cows.

* Hitting a Jew deserves death
Sanhedrin 58b. If a heathen (gentile) hits a Jew, the gentile must be killed.

* Preparing for a crime
Moed kattan 17a. If a Jew is tempted to do evil he should go to a city where he is not known and do the evil there.

* Blasphemy against Jesus Christ
Gittin 57a. Says Jesus is being boiled in hot excrement.

* Blasphemy against the blessed Mary Jewish names for the blessed Mary :
A prostitute, and an adulterer

* Destroy the New Testament
Shabbath 116a. Jews must destroy the books of the Christians, i.e. the New Testament [ Dr. Israel Shahak of Hebrew University reports that the Israelis burned hundreds of New Testament Bibles in Occupied Palestine on March 23, 1980 (cf. Jewish History, Jewish religion, p.21 ). ]

Bar Kochba said...

This is absolute garbage. Anti-Talmud accusation date back from the 13th century and frequently resulted in blood libels. The Truth about the Talmud can be found here:
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/talmud/intro.html

WomanHonorThyself said...

chag sameach my friend!

Michael said...

I hope your holidays were as good as mine.