October 17, 2005

V'samahta b'hagekha - And you will be happy in your holidays

וְשָׂמַחְתָּ בְּחַגֶּךָ
אַתָּה וּבִנְךָ וּבִתֶּךָ וְעַבְדְּךָ וַאֲמָתֶךָ וְהַלֵּוִי
וְהַגֵּר וְהַיָּתוֹם וְהָאַלְמָנָה אֲשֶׁר בִּשְׁעָרֶיךָ

V'samhata b'hagekha
Ata uvinkha uvitekha v`avd'kha v'amatekha v'halevi
V'hager v'hayatom v'ha'almana asher bish`areykha

And you will be happy in your holidays
You and your son and your daughter and your (male) servant and your (female) servant and the priest
And the foreigner and the orphan and the widow that are within your gates

Deuteronomy 16:14

This is the way Sukot (סוכות) is referred to in the Bible. It is considered meritorious to be happy in general, and in particular on sabbaths and holidays, but most of all, Sukot is considered to be a time of happiness. The harvest is in, and we have just spent ten days repenting, from Rosh Hashana (ראש השנה) to Yom Kipur (יום כיפור). Now, cleansed, we are ready to celebrate the new year.

Here is what I wrote last year. Also, see here and here. I've been busy lately, but with good things. I hope to tell you about it soon.

Hag Sameah! (חג שמח) - Happy Holiday!

Posted by David Boxenhorn at October 17, 2005 10:34 AM | TrackBacks
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