Tonight we are ushering in the last day of the Jewish holiday of Succot, a very holy and important day called Hoshana Raba. In our community reading of the Book of Devarim, and the book of Tehillim takes place in the synagogue starting at 2am! The morning prayer service then starts at around 6am followed by a special breakfast in the Succah and then for those up most of the night, a long nap! And then...........because seven days of holy celebrating is apparently not enough, we have another holiday back in our homes, the holiday of Simchat Torah! Here in Israel this is only one day, but elsewhere in the world this is two day holiday, the first day being Shemini Atzeret, and the second day is Simchat Torah.
And then after my house full of guests departs I may just take a few days to recover, though actually what I really want to do right now is to crochet! This need to crochet always happens to me during a time when we are not allowed to make crafts, funny enough.
Ahhh, and my succah this year? I have to say I am quite happy with the results (on account of using many decorations that I made for my son's bar mitzvah) and just wish that I could take better photos of the whole thing. I think this year at some point I am going to treat myself to a wide angle lens, which is really what I need to capture our succah in its entirety, so stay tuned for next year!