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A Joyous Divine Embrace

Tuesday, 21 September, 2010 - 11:29 pm

Following an inspiring Days of Awe it is time to get rocking with Sukkot and Simchat Torah - the season of our rejoicing.
The Zohar (primary work of Kabbala) refers to the 248 positive Mitzvot as "the limbs and organs of the Supernal King." The idea being that by doing a Mitzvah we are embracing and being embraced by G-d. This notion is magnified many times over when talking about the Mitzvah of "dwelling in a Sukkah." Unlike other Mitzvot, where the embrace only reaches the part of us involved in the Mitzvah, when we sit in a Sukkah on Sukkot, we are completely and entirely enveloped by the Divine Embrace.
What enhances it even more is the fact the we can receive this hug from Hashem along with many other people all at the same time if they are sharing the same Sukkah. So Sukkot is really all about the same themes as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (closeness and unity with G-d and our fellow Jews), just couched in joyous expression rather than a somber mood.
At the end of Yom Kippur services at Chabad Uptown, just before the sounding of the Shofar, we sang a victory march tune to signify our success in acheiving complete atonement. I encouraged everyone to view the singing as a shift into Sukkot mode. I was delighted to see a whirling dance break out around the bima - this despite the fact that people were still fasting.
In addition to the regular services over the holiday, I would like to highlight three special holiday events.
1.Young Adult & Grad Student Sukkah Party - Sunday, Sep 26 4:30-6:00 PM at the Chabad Student Center Sukkah - 7033 Freret St. Featuring Sushi in the Sukkah and an open bar. For more info or RSVP check us our on Facebook .
2. Community Sukkah Party - Subs in the Sukkah - Monday, Sep 27 5-7 PM at 919 Broadway - featuring the Improv group COMEDYSPORTZ. Kosher Subs will be served. Great music and dancing! More info
www.chabadneworleans.com/429608 .
3. Simchat Torah Hakafot - Thursday, Sep 30 (at all Chabad locations) 7:30 PM. Celebrate with the Torah with joy and dancing. Leave your RESERVATIONS at the door. The largest free Jewish party in town. Be there!
Mazel Tov to the Kehaty family upon the engagement of Tzivya to Shloime Greenwald. We are very excited and happy for you guys.
A special thank you to Peter Fierman and Shmuel & Yosef Kaufmann for cutting and delivering the Schach (covering for the Sukkah) this year!
Wishing you a joyous Sukkot!

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