Happy Sukkot everyone!

This is my second year of celebrating Sukkot however, it is the first time I have actually built a sukkah. What a great experience. We went through several revisions to the original plan and learned some valuable lessons along the way (our first attempt was about as sturdy as a jellyfish).

sukkah

sukkah

Even now there are changes I plan on incorporating in next year’s model but I have to admit I’m quite proud of our first attempt 🙂 I would have liked to close in the sides with lattice but the budget for this year was already maxed out. Also, next year I will be adding more roof trusses to support all the branches (4 is just not enough).

The bronze bowls on the black stakes in front of the sukkah are filled with citronella oil in order to help ward off the swarm of mosquitoes that fill the night air. We also added some blue string lights for a little extra ambiance.  (Sorry the last pic is so blurry)

Already we have been able to enjoy a couple of meals under the moon and stars. How awesome it is to look up though the branches and admire YAH’s beautiful work! I hope your Sukkot is filled with happiness and great rejoicing!

sukkah

sukkah

night sukkah

night sukkah

Shabbat Shalom!

Two loaves of challah

Two loaves of challah

While doing some reading/studying this erev Shabbat I was made aware of just how amazing our Elohim really is and why it is so important to learn the Hebraic roots of our faith. As with most things I learn about Hebrew, the simple word lechem is not quite so simple. Sure lechem means bread but it also conveys the meaning of Torah or the Word of YAH. When we ask YAH to provide for us our lechem continually we are not merely asking to have bread to eat but also that He would feed our soul with His Torah, His Word. Just as eating food refreshes our body, consuming the Torah refreshes our soul!

With this understanding of the significance of the word lechem we can begin to understand the significance of why the Meshiach was born in Beit Lechem (Bethlehem). Beit Lechem literally means: House of Bread. The Meshiach, Yahushuah, is the living Torah, the living Word of YAH. Yahushuah is that lechem that refreshes our soul. Therefore the House of Bread is the House of Torah, the House of the Living Word. How awesome is Avinu (Our Father) to give us such beautiful poetry in our simple lives? All we have to do is open our eyes and look around to see His amazing creations surrounding us.

I’ll leave you with this to meditate on: it’s not that Yahushuah had to be born in Beit Lechem but rather, Beit Lechem had to be so named because this would be the birthplace of our Meshiach! HalleluYAH!

Shabbat Shalom.

Shalom,

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So, why did I order the latest revision? Well, unlike my electronics addiction, it’s not because I just had to have the latest & greatest version. I believe the Institute for Scripture Research (ISR) really hit one out of the park with a great feature: whenever the Brit Chadasha makes an allusion to something in the Tanakh they have drawn attention by placing the text in bold type and also providing a citation to the source! This is a huge tool for all of us wishing to draw closer to YHWH and gain a deeper understanding of the beauty of His Word. They have also added illustrations, maps, and reference tables for distance and weight measurements. At last, I know what a cubit is!

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