On the other hand

September 25, 2021 by Michael Kuttner
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We are in the midst of the intermediate days of Sukkot (the Festival of Tabernacles) when Israelis take to the road, nature parks are filled to capacity and schools are on vacation again.

The rest of the world may be convulsing, the United Nations may be engaged in marathons and meaningless declarations but up and down the length of the Promised Land the commemoration of the conclusion to our Festival season is in full swing.

The contrasts are amazing – from mass prayers at the Kotel, pilgrimages to Jerusalem and picnics and barbeques on the beaches and scenic sites.

Our Festivals are connected closely to the land itself, its agricultural background and the laws associated with that aspect as well as the climate. As we prepare to pray for a bountiful rainy season after a long, hot and very dry summer, the clouds are already gathering and right on cue, the first precipitation of autumn/fall is anticipated.

That is the miracle we experience in the Holy Land and which is clearly evident whether one is religious, secular or traditional.

For the benefit especially of those in overseas communities which are in lockdown, where the Chagim were once again cancelled and where outside prayer gatherings were banned, here is a video of the Hallel prayers which were recited at the foot of the Temple Mount, at the Western Wall, on the first intermediate day of Sukkot.

When international travel is restored at some stage and tourists are once again allowed to visit you will be able to participate personally.

In the meantime enjoy this video and the rest of the Chag.

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