Leviticus 23:33 – 43
33 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
34 Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh new moon is the Festival of Sukkot Booths. for seven days to יהוה.
35 ‘On the first day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.
36 ‘For seven days you bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. On the eighth day there shall be a set-apart gathering for you, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to יהוה. It is a closing festival, you do no servile work.
37‘ These are the appointed times of יהוה which you proclaim as set-apart gatherings, to bring an offering made by fire to יהוה, an ascending offering and a grain offering, a slaughtering and drink offerings, as commanded for every day –
38 besides the Sabbaths of יהוה, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your voluntary offerings which you give to יהוה.
39 ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh new moon, when you gather in the fruit of the land, celebrate the festival of יהוה for seven days. On the first day is a rest, and on the eighth day a rest.
40 ‘And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of good trees, branches of palm trees, twigs of leafy trees, and willows of the stream, and shall rejoice before יהוה your Elohim for seven days.
41 ‘And you shall celebrate it as a festival to יהוה for seven days in the year – a law forever in your generations. Celebrate it in the seventh new moon.
42 ‘Dwell in booths for seven days; all who are native born in Yisra’ĕl dwell in booths,
43 so that your generations know that I made the children of Yisra’ĕl dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ”
Crackling of the wood
Daddy long legs walking by
Woodland noises heard from afar
How Beautiful to grasp this time
In the midst of the dark surrounding us
All we see is the Light dancing around
As we listen to the Scriptures being read
Oh. What a tranquil site. In Sight.
With matching Sound.
Tudah Abba for Your Delight,
Today I decided to share my personal experience in keeping Sukkot this year – not so much focus solely on the scriptural view of it but more so the reality of it. One of the things that I find very interesting around this time of year. When speaking to brothers and sisters the fall seasoned loved by many also brings moments of tribulations and uncertainty. You can almost see the shift and feel the changes in the air for some. Ironically called the “fall” in this nation, yet becomes the time for gathering for ours.
This year leading up to Atonement and Sukkot I had yet again became ill. I forced myself on a daily basis to strive to make commitments to speak with my love ones and continue to go to work. In my exterior I would appear somewhat alright, however within physically and emotionally I was going through a trail, and I could see I was not alone.
Being Hebrew and keeping the commandments is not as hard as being part and witnessing the Hebrew community…
As the day of Atonement approached increasingly I would witnessed how the community would begin to tear themselves apart. Some boasting of the fact that they are feeding the homeless – which I don’t find wrong sharing because it can serve as motivation and understanding for some however boasting is different, boasting of wearing sack-cloth, others bickering about it must be done with purple thread, others still boasting that the type of horn that is being blown if its not a Rams horn others are deemed unrighteous or sinning? – yet can we not lift up our voices? The dates! Don’t get me started on the dates to keep the times. Double sided remarks while trying to show those who may not know the light while shedding ashes on others who try. Why?
Every year seems like its the same thing, because we don’t learn to remain humbled and understanding.
The Day of Atonement one of if not is my favorite set apart day. On this day I was actually quiet stricken, at looking our nation as a whole. From the lows to the highs, to the blind to the one with sight, the sleep, the sheep, the wolves, and the one so called woke. So many of us fool ourselves proclaiming to be wise, yet right after this day of covering we still will refuse to speak to certain brothers or sister. Why? Why is it that we only seek to cover one another when told, yet not on a daily basis as it should be done so. Do we really seek each-other in love? Who are we to sit on high? believe me I speak to myself as well. Do we look after another for the benefit or the other not of self? Do we understand how the well being of the other benefits ourselves..
Can our brother and sisters come to us at anytime? Do you know them? My Aysh said We should do Life together, not just Know Of them.
On Atonement my Aysh and I where studying when we came to a realization so simple that we’ve missed before about the date. We took the time to study that our affliction is a way to connect ourselves not only to the Father but to ourselves. From this I kept in mind how humbling it was to see error in my ways because it allows for correction and growth. Reminding me that I am not perfect but strive to be Set- Apart. Leaving room for error welcomes growth.
If you believe that you have a everything figured out and are correct in all that you do comfort set’s in and leads to pride, because you no longer are seeking of the Father but of one selves..We must strive to remain humble and be mindful of how and when we harden our hearts.
This stuck with me through Sukkot reminding myself to stay humble. I have not been at my peak, I made errors and the father still keeps me as well as our nation. And here I find myself boarding the plane and getting ready to keep my Sukkot, not for the first time but for the first time live with my new myshpakah (family).
To get here it was not easy
But worth it
We struggled to decide on our final local
Oh but was it worthwhile
YHUH made the way
Disconnect, taking in the air
Breathe the Dabar/word of YAH
Realize, through your eye’s that what you see
That was not built from you nor me
Realize that all that you see
Is the WORD of YAH
So He spoke and it was.
From the clouds, to the birds, to the tree tops
So it was. -Good.
He called it his Set-Apart Oats
I wouldn’t argue it I never had those
reluctant at first I thought to myself
Mangoes? Within those?
YAH provides indeed he Did.
Best Oats I had since.
SShhh don’t tell him.
We have been institutionalized to fear what is natural
Deception in our sight
Find comfort retrieving inside
If you take care of me
I take care of we
He Flooded the earth
I’m not sure what it was.
Took the time to captivate,
Took the time to pollinate,
Took the the time to function on its own,
Spreading pollen to it’s unknown
That one day would take it’s root.
To be pollinate
by the Future Generation
– Not Bee
A bit of comfort food away from home.
If you want to know someone’s culture.
Study the Food.
Just think about it.
We where commanded to eat
the Fruit of the Seed that bears it’s own.
This allows for Sustainability
Eating Clean is not a burden.
It’s part of the way the Most High Intended it to be
The I wish I didn’t eat that
The Clogs from the Hogs
The Massive Heart Attacks
One way to test your mental strength
Restrict something that you’d normally Eat
Many don’t understand how Physically and Mentally impactful
Eating something bad can be
Challenge Eat Clean
And witness your own bodies.
Build by the Don Himself!
Look at man vs natures Ingenuity,
Take A look, second look,
At what could,
Use to be,
May one day
Le Nature Squat point 2 Oh
That’s a pretty fly Nature Throne.
Such Beautiful woodland scenary
In parts see the whole small town view paid homage
Riding along side the river banks
Learn some bikers language
Feel the sunshine through the leaves
Stop and go under the trees
Test your patience with three Teenagers
Test your balance with one hand on the bike
While the other holds the phone
Yes this trek was beautiful indeed
Fourteen miles of bike trailed hauled
My lesson on this Ride,
Don’t forget the sweets
For when your glucose slips
After this ride I found my love
For Sierra Cliff Bars
Because making it back.
Was nothing short of
There’s a method to the madness
You don’t want bottomed burnt cold food
Its not good for me nor for you
Witness the Chef of the house
Taking Care of his Families Livelihood
Even if all he hears
-Is it done yet.
Test your pride
Test your strength
After He took us to the truck stop this was it
Even before this night
We Bathe on the Riverbanks
One wash up
The other one guards
Black Bear County
I hope they don’t like
Humbling experience to say the least
I actually miss.
Reminiscing of the time.
As I write Sukkot has already passed
I continuously think back to the time
How even then I could of done better things
Reminiscing on my role
Thinking about how it must have been
Living life for sometime in the wilderness.
How must it have been to led out of
And Here we are again.
What we failed to do is remember
To Humble ourselves and keep HIS
Quick clip showing parts of what we walked through and experience in our Sukkot. If you kept it, think back to it and remember the lesson’s you may have learned when keeping it. Many times we only focus on the now, what’s immediately in front of us. Forgetting of the time’s hence why the Father many times commands us to “Remember” to guard.
Because if you forget
You may mis-direct
Your Next Foot-Step.