Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD. You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the LORD.
Rabbinic tradition likens the celebration of Simchat Torah to a father who invites his family to a seven-day feast, but when it is time for his children to leave, he’s having such a wonderful time that he begs them to stay an extra day (Shemini Atzeret)!
Sukkot is not only a joyful commemoration of God’s dealings in the past, it also exuberantly typifies the fulfillment of everything God has purposed through His covenantal relationship with Israel.
“For Jews who have lived through the Yom Kippur War, the holiest of the High Holy days will never be the same. For us, it stands not only as a day of atonement but as day of gratitude to God for the miracle of survival.” Itzhak Brook, MD
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying: “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.”
Shana Tova—A Good Sweet Year to You!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, O seed of Abraham His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones!