Hava Nedaber Ivrit: Sukkot Has National, Agricultural Background
Each month in this space,
L'Chayim will present a Hebrew
lesson entitled, "Hava Nedaber
Ivrit!" (Let's Speak Hebrew), whose
aim is to encourage further study of
Hebrew. The lesson will include a
brief story utilizing the Hebrew
words to be studied, a vocabulary
list with English translations and a
family activitiy which involves using
the new words. The lessons will be
prepared by Nira Lev, associate
professor of Hebrew language and
literature at the Midrasha College of
Jewish Studies. Mrs. Lev also
teaches Hebrew language and
literature at the Community Jewish
High School at the United Hebrew
Following is this month's
If you happen to be a tayar in
Yisrael during the Chagim, you will
not need a luach-shana to tell you
that Sukkot mitkarev. This chag,
like most other chagim in Yisrael,
is noticeable everywhere.
Starting traditionally on
Motza'ey Yom Kippur, you can see
yeladim and mevugarim busy
building sukkot. You will see
anashim carrying schach for their
sukkah from special mekomot set
up by the city to provide people with
schach. The Sukkah is the main
semel of this chag, but not the only
one. The shem Sukkot is also not
the only shem of the chag. Like
Pesach and Shavu'ot, Chag
Ha'sukkot has a national, historical,
and agricultural background.
The shem Sukkot reflects the
historical aspect of the chag. It is
an eternal reminder of the greatest
event in our history: Yetzee'at
Mitzrayim. The Torah instructs us to
dwell in sukkot shiv'ah yamim to
remember the nedudim of
avoteynu, B'ney-Yisrael, in the
midbar on their way to Eretz
Ha'avot, Ha'aretz Ha'moovtachat.
During their 40 years of
nedudim in the midbar, our
ancestors lived in huts, or sukkot.
These makeshift shelters could
never have afforded bitachon and
hagana in the savage midbar
without the help of Ha'Kadosh
Baruch Hoo. Thus the sukkah is a
demonstration of the bitachon and
emunah that our am has in
The second shem by which
Sukkot is known is Chag Ha'asif,
the Harvest Festival, or The Feast of
the Ingathering. The crops in the
sadot having been gathered in, the
people rejoiced before Ha'Shem in
hakarat-todah for His blessings.
This is the agricultural aspect of
Chag Ha'sukkot, and it received
symbolical espression through the
use of the Arba Minim, "the four
agricultural species." Arba'at
Ha'minim are the etrog, the lulav,
the hadas, and the arava.
The third shem given to Sukkot
is "Chag," The Festival because it
used to be the chag "par
excellence". For, unlike Pesach
when the Oley regel had to return
home after the first day, Sukkot,
when the people have already
ingathered all their crops, afforded
the time for shiv'ah yamim of
chagigot in Yerushalayim.
The fourth shem of this chag,
Zman Simchatenu, needs no
schach thatch, branches used as the
Yetzee'at Mitzrayim ...The Exit from
B'ney Yisrael .The Children of Israel
The Land of The
bitachon . security, safety, confidence
hagana protection, defense
Ha'Kadosh Baruch Hoo ...The Holy
One Blessed Be He
arba minim .four kinds, four species
a branch of the palm tree
a myrtle branch
a branch of the willow
Oley Regel ...Pilgrims to Jerusalem
Zman Simchatenu . .Time of our Joy
Motzaey Yom Kippur . night following
Sukkot And Simchat Torah
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3. Decorative "hat" placed on the top of the Torah.
4. Plant used on Sukkot which has no smell and no taste.
5. You point the lulav and etrog north,
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18. The Jewish People wandered here for forty years.
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21. Temporary but built for a special Jewish holiday.
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