Thursday, September 24, 2015
With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur behind us, our attention turns to Sukkot, one of the happiest holidays in the Jewish calendar.
We hope you had an easy and meaningful fast, and now it's time to plan our feasts for the eight-day holiday of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.
It's traditional to start building a sukkah immediately after Yom Kippur, and many sukkot went up last night and today. It's also become traditional for congregations to schedule a Sukkah Hop, a moveable feast with synagogue members volunteering their sukkot for their friends to drop in for a l'chaim and some sweet snacks under the leafy or bamboo roof of the temporary shelter.
The Sukkot videos have been slow to come in this year, so we're sharing a video that the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy posted last year, a video that we just discovered so it's probably new to most of our readers. The Berman Hebrew Academy is a Modern Orthodox day school located in Rockville, Maryland.
Rabbi Avichai Pepper, Judaics Program Director for the Lower School, took original music from Pharrell Williams' hit song Happy, and wrote and arranged a new version about sukkah hopping with vocals by student Elyon Topolosky.
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