For seven days on Sukkot, we are commanded to leave our homes and make the sukkah our fixed place of residence. All the activities one would normally do in their home--eating, sleeping, relaxing--are to be done in the sukkah. By participating in this holiday, we recreate the Jewish people’s experience of living in the desert after leaving Egypt. Dwelling in the sukkah causes us to feel more vulnerable, as it requires that we abandon the permanence and security that a home offers, but at the same time, it also allows us to connect more deeply with God. However, the requirement to dwell in the sukkah is far from absolute. Most who live in colder climates do not sleep in their sukkahs. Furthermore, halakha further exempts those who are sick or who would experience significant discomfort (mitztaer) from dwelling in the sukkah. While it is easy to offer a clear definition of being sick, discomfort is far more subjective. Even so, Shulkhan Aruch (640:4) offers several examples such as the weather being too cold, the presence of bugs, or a bad smell.
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Sukkot and Shabbat Chol HaMoed
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Covid Guidelines The summarized version
We have masks by the door for those that need them.
1. For now, services are remaining outdoors.
2. We strongly recommend that everyone masks outside. Inside masks must be worn.
3. All kids can now attend services masked, sitting next to their parents. (infants can still attend unmasked)
4. If you are not vaccinated, you must wear a mask AND maintain 6 feet distance. Unvaccinated people
can take their masks off to eat and drink as long as they maintain 6 feet of distance.
5. If you are fully vaccinated and choose not to wear a mask, you must ensure 6 feet of distance between you and anyone outside your family/pod.
6. Vaccinated travelers (domestic and international) should mask and distance for 7 days post-travel at shul due to Delta.
Shabbat Chol Ha Moed, Saturday, September 25 - 4 pm
Mercaz Sukkah Hop and simultaneously
Bnei Akiva Teen Sukkah Hop culminating in
Sukkot Bnei Akiva Snif
in the Dershowitz backyard Schedule and map coming on Thursday!
Shemini Atzeret morning tefilah
Kids Party and family hakafot
Simchat Torah day with lunch
Separate Women's aliyot and hakafot
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