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The holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) which we are celebrating is a central link in the chain of holidays during the Hebrew month of Tishrei – the Jewish month of holidays. This dense succession of holidays is not coincidental; it is a process we are meant to go through every year, to experience the messages inherent in these special days and internalize them so they continue to impact us throughout the upcoming year.
In a wider perspective, the life of every Jew is meant to be shaped during Tishrei. We experience this festive process differently every year, for every year has its own outlook. We grasp different understandings every year, have different experiences, and our characters develop – all these join this sequence of holidays and allow us to “breathe in” the special ambience of Tishrei and absorb it anew.
The Tishrei holidays start with Rosh Hashana, continue with Yom Kippur, go on to Sukkot, and culminate with Simhat Torah. This is a sequence that is not obvious. On the face of it, the stages in the sequence seem contradictory.