update deskJewish & Israeli Holidays

High Holidays 2018

US Ambassador to Israel wishes Jews a happy Sukkot

Ambassador David Friedman sends the Jewish people blessings, thanking an Israeli farm for allowing him to pluck his own etrog.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman picking an etrog with his wife, Tammy Deborah Sand, in the etrog orchard at Kfar Chabad. Source: Twitter.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman picking an etrog with his wife, Tammy Deborah Sand, in the etrog orchard at Kfar Chabad. Source: Twitter.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman wished the Jewish people a happy Sukkot holiday on Sunday, thanking an Israeli farm for allowing him to pluck his own etrog this year.

“To all those observing Sukkot, we wish you a joyous holiday,” Friedman wrote on Twitter. “After the intensity of the High Holidays, what a blessing to gather at a festival earmarked for happiness and celebration. Thanks to Kfar Chabad, this was the first year I cut an etrog from the tree. Chag Sameach!”

Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, commemorates the Jewish people’s sojourns in the desert of Sinai before arriving in the Land of Israel after the exodus from Egypt, and is one of three biblically mandated pilgrimage holidays to Jerusalem. It is also an agricultural holiday, during which the Jewish people brought first fruits to the Temple.

The holiday is marked by the building of sukkahs (“huts” or “booths”) in which Jews live, eat and sometimes even sleep for the duration of the holiday. The mitzvahs associated with Sukkot include reciting prayers while shaking the “Four Species” or “Four Kinds”: the lulav (a palm frond), willow branches (aravot) and myrtle branches (hadassim) bound together, holding an etrog (citron), as prescribed in the book of Leviticus. It is also custom to eat something inside the sukkah.

The eight-day holiday of Sukkot (seven days in Israel) begins on the evening of Sept. 23.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates