Sukkot is the festival of happiness, guest, huts and the 4 species. Beit Juhuro's Sukkot party 2019 had all of that- plus traditional Gorksy plof.
The Party started with a delicious feast indoors since it was raining outside.The cold weather didn't bother us too much though because we celebrated together with many wonderful people, sang, danced, drank lechaims and just enjoyed the great atmosphere. After a few toasts were given, it stopped raining and the party was continued in our beautifully decorated Beit Juhuro Sukkah.
We learned that the festival Sukkot has two names: Chag HaSukkot, translated to "Festival of Booths" and Chag HaAsif, translated to "Festival of Ingathering (of crops)". The Sukkot (huts) remind us of Hashem's clouds of glory that protected our forefathers in the desert (or according to some opinions, the huts our forefathers lived in). The harvest time is a great opportunity for expressing appreciation for the bounty we enjoy....
In September we fulfilled the Mitzwa of Challah with our wonderful ladies, successfully conducted our first Hebrew Crash Course session and had the honor to welcome not one but three guest speakers at Beit Juhuro.
One of the highlights this month was the Challah baking master class with Mrs. Diana Dina Davydova which took place on the eve of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana. Diana taught the ladies how to braid Challah and gave a lecture about this special Mitzwa. It was a great
Huge thanks to Regina Bakshiyev, Diana Daniloff, Natalie Berezner, Diana Dina Davydova and all the wonderful volunteers who made this Beit Juhuro challah bake a huge success!
Rabbi Reuven Kuklin, a famous author who regularly publishes on imrey.org, gave an inspiring class about Rosh Hashanah and personal growth, Rav Shaulov spoke about the gift of speech and Rabbi Elishevitz discussed the elections in Israel.