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The fullness and brightness of Sukkot

09/20/2018 03:54:22 PM


Ellie Goldman

Driving home on Erev Rosh Hashanah, I took specific note of the moon. It was only a sliver really, as the new month had just begun. I thought about the clean slate that these weeks allow us all and the moon, too, was just beginning to start its growth again.
On Tuesday night after Kol Nidre services, on that same drive home, I was nearly alone on the highway, feeling inspired and exhilarated by our community and our clergy, and there above me, once again, was the moon. This time, though, the sliver had grown, and the moon was fuller, bold even, and I felt oddly comforted that it had been transformed, as I had, in the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Sukkot begins this Sunday evening, a time when Jewish people everywhere leave their homes to dwell in a sukkah outside when the moon will finally be full.
Moving into our sukkot reminds of our times as transient people with temporary dwellings, exposed but not alone. During Sukkot, we are required to gather together with friends and loved ones, and the full moon is there to light up the sky. The lunar Jewish calendar is such a gift to our people. It allows the natural world around us to be part of the rhythm of our holidays and observances. May your Sukkot be full and bright.

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