Feel the love, show some love!

Sunday, 4 October, 2015 - 12:17 am

Simchat Torah.jpgThere are things we do not give much consideration until we are faced with the possibility of being without them. The Mitzvah of sitting and eating in a Sukkah is one that is enjoyed by many every year. It is wonderful that so many Jews are enthusiastic to perform this special Mitzvah. Last Sunday, as we prepared to usher in the festival of Sukkot that evening, the heavens let loose with a torrential rainstorm. The weather predictions informed us that there was a 100% chance of rain during the hours of dinner on the first night of Sukkot and a very high chance for the next day or two after that. (How they can claim to be 100% sure about anything is beyond me. But that is outside of the scope of this discussion…)

It seemed that G-d was testing our dedication. Then suddenly there was a break in the rain and we were able to finish up the holiday preparations. The predictions were still dire, but we all thought that at least we may be able to squeeze 30 minutes or an hour in the Sukkah before getting rained out. But the rain held off and we spent a wonderful evening in the Sukkah. Then the next day the rain held off again. And the next night and the day after that… In short the 100% chance of rain never materialized and we have been experiencing one of the loveliest Sukkot weathers in my memory. After teasing us with that downpour on the day of Erev Sukkot, Hashem showed us His love for us and our Mitzvah of sitting in the Sukkah for the rest of the week.

Now it is our turn to show some love back. The holiday of Simchat Torah begins on Monday night. Come express your love to Hashem by coming and participating in this amazing holiday. Rather than praying and studying, we observe this holiday by dancing and being happy in celebration of our special connection to Hashem and His Torah.

The party starts at 7:30 PM on Monday night. We will have a beautiful Kiddush and Hakafot (dancing) at Chabad Uptown. At Chabad Metairie they have a champagne dinner and dancing. No reservation needed. No reservations allowed! Leave your reservations at the door so you can be uninhibited in your celebration. We look forward to partying with you for the heaven of it!

Chag Sameach,
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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