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Torah and Haftarah Portions for the Month of October 2017
» October 7 - Chol Ha'Moed Succoth (Exodus 33:12-34:26. Numbers 29:17-31), Haftarah (Ezekiel 38:18-39:16)
» October 14 -  Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8); Haftarah (Isaiah 42:5-43:10)
» October 21 - Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32 ), Haftarah (Isaiah 54:1-55:5)
» October 28 - Lekh L'kha (Genesis 12:1-17:27), Haftarah (Isaiah 40:27-41:16)

    Jewish Holidays in October 2017

    » Succoth - Feast of Booths.  (15-21 Tishrei/ October 5-11, 2017) .  In the ancient world, this harvest festival was the biggest of the three pilgrimage holidays (Passover and Shavuoth being the other two).  At the time of Ezra, everyone congregated in Jerusalem to hear a reading of the Torah.  The holiday commemorates the temporary structures in which the Children of Israel lived as they crossed the Wilderness.  This holiday lasts 7 days, and observant families eat in temporary booths connected to their homes.  They invite guests, including the spiritual guests, Ushpizin, associated with this holiday.  For more information on Succoth, click here.  
    » Hoshanna Raba and Shemini Atzeret, (21-22 Tishrei/October 11-12, 2017).  These two holidays are the end of Succoth and therefore the last of the Harvest Festival Days.  Their names means "Great Supplication" and  "8th day of Solemn Assembly," respectively. Symbolically, Hoshanna Raba, the 7th day of Succoth,  is the last chance to repent for the New Year.  The Book of Life may have been closed on Yom Kippur, but it is not sealed until Hoshanna Raba.  Shemini Atzeret is its own holiday, and technically not a part of Succoth.  In traditional synagogues, Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) is read as well as prayers for rain.  
    »  Simchat Torah - Rejoicing of the Torah  (23 Tishrei/October 13, 2017).  We celebrate the Torah by reading the closing verses of Deuteronomy and the opening verses of Genesis.   Thus the cycle of reading the Torah begins anew.  In traditional congregations, the Torahs are carried around the sanctuary seven times, with song and dance.  There can be much rejoicing -- including drinking, which may explain why  the Priestly Blessing is moved earlier in the service than usual in an Orthodox congregation.

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