Sukkot is here! Z’man Simchateinu, the season of our joy! We transition from the heavy themes of the High Holy Days right into this earth-based, gratitude-filled festival.
Maybe this isn’t the year you built a sukkah, or maybe you had your sukkah up and ready to go the day after Sukkot. If I’ve learned anything about these holy day rituals over the past two years, it is that the rituals tell a story, move us through meaning, but ultimately it is up to us to connect with the spirit of the holy days.
This Shabbat, take a nature walk. Connect with the world outside. Talk about how nature is changing, and looking different. Collect leaves. Collect rocks. Collect sticks. Celebrate the natural worls and our place within it.
Children are natural filters of wonder. See the world through your children’s eyes this Sukkot, and revel in the turning of the seasons and the gifts of bounty that the Fall Harvest festival brings.
Be well, sit in joy, and be grateful for this exact moment.