Sukkot Videos & Dvar Torah
Upcoming dates: September 29 to October 1, 2023
Is Hoshana Rabba the Key to Understanding Sukkot?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 1 hour, 18 min video
In this webinar, Rabbi Fohrman dives even deeper into the question: Wait.. why do we celebrate Sukkot, to offer a fascinating explanation that not only sheds new light on the holiday of Sukkot but on the often overlooked significance of its seventh day: Hoshana Rabba.
The Deep Connection Between the Biblical Holidays
Rabbi David Fohrman - 54 min video - Part 1 of 5
There are several holidays mentioned in the Bible, including the Three Pilgrimage Festivals: Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot. What makes these days more significant than any other holiday? The Bible seems almost elusive when describing these holy days. Join Rabbi Fohrman as he uncovers the secret theme that permeates these days, allowing a deeper understanding of the holiday cycle to emerge.
The Meaning of Hallel
Rabbi David Fohrman - 56 min video - Part 1 of 7
We add the prayer service of Hallel on holidays, but what exactly are we saying? Is it just a collection of Psalms? In this course, Rabbi Fohrman argues that not only are we learning what it is to be a servant of God, but we are also discovering the origins of the nation of Israel.
What to expect in the upcoming course with Rabbi Fohrman!
Rabbi David Fohrman - 2 min video - Part 1 of 3
Watch as Rabbi David Fohrman begins to reveal the underlying tools he uses to decipher the Torah text. In this course Rabbi Fohrman will teach you the methodologies he uses to transform the way you read a “two dimensional black and white document” into something rich and kaleidoscopic.
What Is Sukkot: Definition & Traditions
How We Celebrate Sukkot
Watch Why Is Sukkot Celebrated? Sukkot is the festival of 'huts' or temporary dwellings, where we eat special meals for seven days and often sleep in makeshift huts outside. On a deeper level, Sukkot celebrates the security God provided for our ancestors in the least secure of places.
When the Israelite people left Egypt to begin their journey to the Promised Land, they were a new entity. They had been slaves for generations, and suddenly they were independent, with no experience fending for themselves. They must have been terrified, as they wandered, completely vulnerable, into the wilderness.
Yet, through God’s protection, the Israelites were insulated from the harshness of the trek. They received all the sustenance they needed, their clothes never wore, and they slept in protected huts, also called sukkot, without fear of threats like snakes or scorpions. While they traveled through the terrain, God led them with a great cloud, ensuring they would never be lost.
What is Sukkot Commemorating
The Talmud records two opinions about what we commemorate on Sukkot – does Sukkot commemorate the huts we slept in, or does it commemorate the heavenly cloud that led us through the wilderness? Either way, the message is the same: God defended the defenseless, and nurtured the development of his fledgling people during their greatest time of need. Sukkot shows God’s love for us, when we were at our most vulnerable.
Today, Jews commemorate Sukkot by moving into huts of their own. We also shake the four species – the lulav, etrog, hadas, and aravot – and praise God for the many miracles he performs for us.
But it seems strange that Sukkot is celebrated so many months after Pesach, when the Israelites first entered the wilderness. And what makes Sukkot meaningful today, when for many of us our lives seem so secure? The videos above tackle some of these big questions.