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15 Tishrei 5784 — September 30, 2023

Welcome friends to our Hebrew Podcasts newsletter dedicated to the holiday of Sukkot. We are sending your way Chag Sameach greetings and Happy Sukkot.

Featured Holiday

Sukkot (huts) סוכות is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated on the 15th day of Tishrei - ט"ו בתשרי תשפ״ד, and lasts 7 days. It falls on Saturday September 30, 2023. Sukkot commemorates the temporary settlements of the Jewish people in the desert after the exodus from Egypt in 1313 BCE. The Sukkah is a temporary dwelling where the family eats meals with guests. A kosher Sukkah must be at least partly under the sky. The cover of a kosher Sukkah has to be made of plants, usually palm leaves, so that you can see the sky through them. Children decorate the Sukkah with pictures and paper chains.

Another tradition is to show and include the Four Species of plants during the meal. These species are: the Lulav (date palm frond), Hadass (myrtle tree branch), Aravah (willow branch) and the Etrog (a citron, a lemon-like citrus fruit).

Simchat Torah (the joy of the Torah) - Tishrei 22 - follows a week after Sukkot, and is an especially festive day in which the very last portion of the Torah is read in the synagogue. Children dance around the Torah with flags in their hands.

Sukkot Recipes

Glazed Carrot - Tzimmes
Onion Soup
Rice-Stuffed Grape Leaves
Eggplant and Meat Casserole - Moussaka
Strawberry Mousse

Sukkot Kids Crafts

Snow Flake
Paper chain
Paper & Straw Chain
Sukkot Lantern
Marble Painting
Sukkot Wind Sock

New Idioms

אין הדבר העומד בפני הרצון
Eyn ha-da-var ha-o-med bif-ney ha-ra-tson
Where there's a will there's a way
אין דבר כזה
Eyn da-var ca-ze
No such thing
בסופו של דבר
Be-so-fo shel da-var
The bottom line
דברים בטלים
Dva-rim be-te-lim
Utter nonsense

New Words

Nonsense    Dvar he-vel     דבר הבל

Sweet    Dvar me-ti-ka     דבר מתיקה

Ineptitude    Dvar shtoot     דבר שטות

Poetic phrase    Dvar me-li-tsa     דבר מליצה

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