|The sky canopy (above) and the succa canopy.||The sky canopy draped in the heavens as the Succa was being constructed on earth!|
On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before ADONAI your God for seven days.
On the day the succa was being set up at the synagogue I didn't know where to look!! It was so exciting to see the succa as it was progressing and it was at the same time I coudn't stop looking UP to see what God was doing in His succa sky, forming and gathering the clouds in the shape of a welcoming Succa!!
I just learned this year that there is also an expression to do with Succot of the tents or booths of succa also being a reference to Clouds of Glory, or Clouds of Honor.
I love that expression of being under the Clouds of Glory, as we prepare to sit and dine and rejoice in the succa, and all this week of the holiday of Succot (until today as it is a big rain)!!!
At night it was heaven to sit in the succa. What does one do in a succa? Eat! Sing! Rejoice!! The Feast of Succot is also known as the Holiday of Rejoicing. It is a commandment to rejoice the whole week of the 7 day holiday. Its hard not to soar up to heaven when in the succa and with the people filling in it with song and feasting!!
Most of all、 the holiday is about God and dwelling with Him, being reminded of the fragility of all life that is given and sustained by Him.
Blessings and Moadim l'Simcha.
Enjoy the Appointed days of the Feasts!