Today is the 14th day of the (revised) Hebrew calendar and the day I set up the sukkah for the Feast of Tabernacles/ Sukkot here in Tennessee. I say “revised” because, a few days ago I realized (finally) that we have been a month late all year, even missing Yom Kippur/ Day of Atonement 😥; the most crucial day of Yah’s calendar. But we are back on track.
You may have seen photos of sukkahs in Israel, or perhaps even seen them in person, but sukkahs in Tennessee are a bit different. You see, often in Tennessee during Sukkot it will rain as it has been today and an open topped sukkah would hardly do. Tent camping is a necessity. Tent camping for seven great days!
Technically, there is a commandment that says all males are to travel to Jerusalem for Sukkot, but there is no temple yet. Can you imagine how amazing it will be when all of Yah’s children are able to have Sukkot in Jerusalem? The world’s biggest, happiest barbeque!
“Three times a year all your males shall appear before YHVH Elohecha* in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot; and they shall not appear before YHVH empty-handed." - Deut 16:16 *Elohecha= your (2nd person singular) Eloheim.
How I look forward to going back to Jerusalem for Sukkot! The last time I was in Jerusalem for Sukkot was 2010 and my estranged husband met me there from London. It was the last time I saw him. Thankfully, we got along pretty well until the end, but I didn’t take any photos that trip unfortunately.
Just waiting for the drizzle to subside before I set up the tent. Stay tuned for more! Day 1 of Sukkot starts tonight at sundown!