Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sukkot festivities

Hello everyone

Long time I know, but I choose to overlook that right now. haha.

We just finished out fall high holy days and it's been crazy and fun. Sukkot, or the feast of tabernacles, is by far the most joyous event. Yom T'Ruah is about repentence, Yom Kippur about atonement for sins, and Sukkot is the party: God hanging out with His kids! It's a time to remember how He took care of Israel in the wilderness for 40 years (post Exodus) and how He was right there with them. It's a time to reflect on what we are thankful for in life and how God has blessed us and will keep on sustaining us.

Our congregation had a week long camping event at a nearby lake and we had activities every night. We got to play music there a lot and dance and be crazy. It was so much fun. Even though it was difficult getting off work late and then going straight to the campground to play for hours, God really still showed us a good time and gave us so much joy and peace. It was the best Sukkot we've had so far. We watched the people dance and sing and just feel lighter. It's not that the cares of the world just go away during that time, but it's like God draws a curtain around us for a little bit and says, "We'll worry about it later...just rest." And rest we did. Here's a look into the week long party!

Corporate Shabbat Dinner
The stage
Don't be fooled, these people know how to party.
Beer and music...haha.
Getting ready to play!
Toby's guitar

The kids getting ready to sing!

We still hold hands like we're dating...and I like it.
Right before we started singing.
Favorite fruit for a favorite holiday!
Our "apartment sukkah".
Sad to see Sukkot go, but excited for what's coming up...our 3rd anniversary! Where has time gone??

See you cats on flip-flop later (School of Rock)!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Apples and Honey and Shofars, oh my!

Hello everyone!

Long time, no blog! I miss doing this and I apologize for the (inevitable) hiatus that comes with summer, school and work.

It's my favorite time of year, the high holy days! Last night Yom T'ruah began and continued into today. It's a time of remembering: remembering good times, God, provision and all that we've been blessed with. It's also a time of making things right with God and with each other. The biblical new year actually begins at Passover, contrary to what the Jewish community celebrates, but it is definitely a time of spiritual renewal and new beginnings. So, in light of the latter definition, happy new year and shana tova!

Us prepping for Yom T'ruah and getting liturgy together.

Toby pickin the strings.

Honeycake I made! (Recipe coming)

Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday)!
Have a great day!

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