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Roll Out the Barrel
We have sourced a new and inexpensive means of providing for our orphans in Kenya!
We can send items such as clothes, shoes, stationery, baby supplies, non-perishable foods... anything really, in barrels like the one pictured here.
The empty barrel is delivered straight to our Rabbi's door, where we can pack it full of items. It is then collected and delivered straight to Rabbi Chaim's door in Kenya! An unbelievable blessing.
Those who are able to join us at services can make donations of goods directly to us. If you would like to give a donation so that we can buy necressary items, please do so by transferring or paying funds directly into our account (sort code 20-05-73, Acc no 63469913) with the reference 'BARREL' Many thanks!
Chag Sukkot - חג סוכות
Also known as Chag HaAsif - חג האסיף - Festival of Ingathering
Leviticus 23:33-44 describes Chag Sukkot, the Festival of Booths is one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (שלוש רגלים, shalosh regalim) on which we were commanded to make a pilgrimage to the Temple.
Today we build sukkot in our gardens - or in public areas for communal use - reminding us of the temporary dwellings that we lived in while we wandered in the desert. In addition, we take (wave) the lulav and etrog - consisting of:
the etrog (אתרוג) – the fruit of a citron tree
the lulav (לולב) – a ripe, green, closed frond from a date palm tree
hadass (הדס) – leaves from the myrtle tree
aravah (ערבה) – leaves from the willow tree
ברוך אתה ה‘ אלקינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על נטילת לולב
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al netilat lulav.
"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and has commanded us concerning the waving of the lulav."