MembersThe Greatest of All Feasts

Succoth, or the Feast of Tabernacles, is known as the “Great Feast.” Here’s why…

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Weekly Torah Portion
Photo: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90

The Feast of Tabernacles is called the “Great Feast” or simply “The Feast” because it is the culmination of God’s promises wrapped up into one glorious celebration.

All biblical festivals (except Purim) celebrate the cycle of seasons, rains, sowing and harvest. The Feast of Succoth (Hebrew “tabernacles”), is the celebration of the crucial wheat, barley and grape harvests. “Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress” (Deut. 3:13). 

Homes are filled with the fruits of the long summer’s labor and we are commanded to eat, drink and be merry for an entire week! “Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters… for seven days celebrate the festival… for the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete” (vs 14-15).

Similar to the Christian Thanksgiving in the Fall, this is a time to be thankful for the...

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