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In 2020, Sukkot begins at sundown on Friday, Oct. 2 and ends at sundown on Friday, Oct. 9. The conclusion of Sukkot marks the beginning of the separate holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on October 10/11
Sukkot, is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month, Tishrei (varies from late September to late October). During the existence of the Jerusalem Temple, it was one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals on which the Israelites were commanded to perform a pilgrimage to the Temple.
The names used in the Torah are Chag HaAsif, translated to "Festival of Ingathering" or "Harvest Festival", and Chag HaSukkot, translated to "Festival of Booths This corresponds to the double significance of Sukkot. The one mentioned in the Book of Exodus is agricultural in nature—"Festival of Ingathering at the year's end" (Exodus 34:22)—and marks the end of the harvest time and thus of the agricultural year in the Land of Israel. The more elaborate religious significance from the Book of Leviticus is that of commemorating the Exodus and the dependence of the People of Israel on the will of God (Leviticus 23:42–43).
The holiday lasts seven days in the Land of Israel and eight in the diaspora. The first day (and second day in the diaspora) is a Shabbat-like holiday when work is forbidden. This is followed by intermediate days called Chol Hamoed, when certain work is permitted. The festival is closed with another Shabbat-like holiday called Shemini Atzeret (one day in the Land of Israel, two days in the diaspora, where the second day is called Simchat Torah). Shemini Atzeret coincides with the eighth day of Sukkot outside the Land of Israel.
The Hebrew word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah, "booth" or "tabernacle", which is a walled structure covered with s'chach (plant material, such as overgrowth or palm leaves). A sukkah is the name of the temporary dwelling in which farmers would live during harvesting, a fact connecting to the agricultural significance of the holiday stressed by the Book of Exodus. As stated in Leviticus, it is also intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah and many people sleep there as well.
On each day of the holiday (except on Shabbat) it is mandatory to perform a waving ceremony with the Four Species.
Throughout the week of Sukkot, meals are eaten in the sukkah. If a brit milah (circumcision ceremony) or Bar Mitzvah rises during Sukkot, the seudat mitzvah (obligatory festive meal) is served in the sukkah. Similarly, the father of a newborn boy greets guests to his Friday-night Shalom Zachar in the sukkah. Males awaken there, although the requirement is waived in case of drought. Every day, a blessing is recited over the Lulav and the Etrog.
Keeping of Sukkot is detailed in the Hebrew Bible (Nehemiah 8:13–18, Zechariah 14:16–19 and Leviticus 23:34–44); the Mishnah (Sukkah 1:1–5:8); the Tosefta (Sukkah 1:1–4:28); and the Jerusalem Talmud (Sukkah 1a–) and Babylonian Talmud (Sukkah 2a–56b).
The sukkah walls can be constructed of any material (wood, canvas, aluminum siding, sheets). The walls can be free-standing or include the sides of a building or porch. The roof must be of organic material, known as s'chach, such as leafy tree overgrowth, schach mats, or palm fronds – plant material that is no longer connected with the earth. It is customary to decorate the interior of the sukkah with hanging decorations of the four species as well as with attractive artwork.
A custom originating with Lurianic Kabbalah is to recite the ushpizin prayer to "invite" one of seven "exalted guests" into the sukkah.These ushpizin (Aramaic אושפיזין 'guests'), represent the "seven shepherds of Israel": Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David, each of whom correlate with one of the seven lower Sephirot (this is why Joseph, associated with Yesod, follows Moses and Aaron, associated with Netzach and Hod respectively, even though he precedes them in the narrative). According to tradition, each night a different guest enters the sukkah followed by the other six. Each of the ushpizin has a unique lesson to teach that parallels the spiritual focus of the day on which they visit, based on the Sephirah associated with that character.
The holiday immediately following Sukkot is known as Shemini Atzeret (lit. "Eighth [Day] of Assembly"). Shemini Atzeret is viewed as a separate holiday. In the Diaspora a second additional holiday, Simchat Torah ("Joy of the Torah"), is celebrated. In the Land of Israel, Simchat Torah is celebrated on Shemini Atzeret. On Shemini Atzeret people leave their sukkah and eat their meals inside the house. Outside the Land of Israel, many eat in the sukkah without making the blessing. The sukkah is not used on Simchat Torah.
Yelp: 60 Percent of US Business Closures Permanent
By Marisa Herman (NEWSMAX)
About 60% of businesses that have closed across the country since March 1 will not reopen, according to a Yelp report released Wednesday.
Yelp's September Local Economic Impact report found that 97,966 businesses on the site have permanently closed between March 1 and Aug. 31. During that time frame, 163,735 businesses on Yelp experienced closures, according to the report.
The report indicated that about 60% of the business closures amid the coronavirus pandemic are permanent.
Since July 10, when the company released its Q2 Yelp Economic Average report, the total number of business closures both temporary and permanent, increased by 23%.
The states that experienced the most closures and permanent closures are Hawaii, California, and Nevada, according to the report. The Hill reports those three states have experienced the highest unemployment rates during the pandemic.
Industry wise, restaurants have taken the hardest hit followed by bars and nightlife. According to the report, 32,109 restaurants on Yelp closed and 19,590 of those, which totals 61%, closed permanently. The nightlife industry, including bars, has seen 6,451 closures; 54% of those are permanent, according to Yelp.
The retail industry has seen 30,374 business closures. Of those, 58% are permanent. The beauty industry reported 16,585 closures, 42% of which are permanent.
Chinese Virologist Whistleblower- Suspended from Twitter- Says CCP Wants to "Disappear" Her, on Tucker Carlson
Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," where she told the Fox News host that the virus is a "Frankenstein" which was designed to target humans which was intentionally released.
Just 24 hours after Dr. Yan released a 26-page scientific paper co-written with three other Chinese scientists for the public to read on her Twitter account, the social media giant suspended her account
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"They don't want people to know this truth. Also, that's why I get suspended [from Twitter], I get suppression. I am the target that the Chinese Communist Party wants disappeared.
Dr. Yan said "I worked in the WHO reference lab, which is the top coronavirus lab in the world at the university of Hong Kong. And the things I got deeply into such investigation in secret from the early beginning of this outbreak – I had my intelligence through my network in China, involved in the hospitals, institutes and also government."
"Together with my experience, I can tell you – this is created in a lab."
Coronavirus whistleblower speaks out about possible COVID origin on 'Tucker'
It is given that the plurality of Jews wouldn't vote for Donald J. Trump even if Moses endorsed him. We shouldn't look for logic here. As prominent Zionist Max Nordau once observed, "logic is a Greek art and Jews can't tolerate it".
Tom Teicholz, the author of the new book The Worst President Ever.: Prominent Republican and Former Trump Administration Officials Speak Out Against Trump, is not an exception. In it, rather than support his case, he offers an unending barrage of selective opinions of Trump opponents and disgruntled former employees who for the most part criticize the President's intimidating personality and abrasive style.
Having said this, we agree with him that Donald J. Trump is the worst president ever... for the Democrats/socialists.
When it comes to the substance however, "the worst president ever," is striving for new world order reversing his predecessors' embrace of globalism, Islamism and Iran. His building blocks include a restored military, energy independence, defended borders, and notwithstanding a temporary setback caused by Coronavirus, a robust economy, not seen since the tenure of Dwight Eisenhower. This surfeit of blessing allows Trump to conduct economic and foreign policies in a manner previously unavailable to his predecessors since the decade following World War II.
In effect, he ushered in a New Age of Nationalism which horrified his critics, especially Jews, who had spent the last 80 years decrying Nationalism as an evil rather than a good. Whereas, Zionism was born in the age of Nationalism and has remained true to its origins.
Overall, his critics failed to grasp the essence and the benefits of Trump's statecraft and foreign policy based on raison d'état -- national interests.
The list of President Trump's accomplishments is well beyond the scope of this article, so we limit them to the "Jewish issues."
President Trump became the first US president to visit the Western (aka, "Wailing") Wall
At the beginning of Trump presidency America expected an era of protracted confrontation with the Arab World. Toward the end of his first term, America is expecting an era of peace. He accomplished this coming down decidedly in Israel's favor thereby convincing the Arabs that it was futile to resist Israel.
Trump's the Middle East peace initiative is rival to Theodore Roosevelt's balance-of-power diplomacy during the mediation of the Treaty of Portsmouth for which he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize.
Obama had alienated the Arabs by embracing the Mullahs of Iran and entering the nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump withdrew from the deal and spent the last 3.5 years pushing Iran back thereby endearing himself to the Arabs who consider Iran a mortal enemy. Trump skillfully leveraged the USA position to induce collaboration between Israelis and Arabs against their common danger.
In the process, Trump:
Defunded the Palestinian authority and removed them from Washington;
Defunded UNWRA and put into question the multi-generational refugee status;
Recognized Israel sovereignty over the Golan;
Recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US embassy there; and finally
Tabled the Trump Plan, Peace to Prosperity, which was decidedly better for Israel than the Arab Peace Initiative, first tabled in 2002.
The publicized criticism of Trump is a surrogate for a deep underlying ideological divide in America. The old adage, "There are two types of Jews -- those who believe that Judaism is about social justice and those who know Hebrew," perfectly reflects the current political environment.
The idea of social justice, in terms of helping the sick and the poor, is deeply embedded in Judaism. Living in ghettos and being persecuted for two millennia, the Jewish people have been struggling to reconcile their tragic history with contemporary reality. The experience has led them to take on and support the cause of every underdog and liberal movement in sight, no matter how unworthy, no matter how illogical or no matter how it imperiled their own interests or safety.
This is referred to as Tikkun Olam in the Talmud. Those who know Hebrew, know that it is an activity aimed at completing God's work. Those who don't know Hebrew divorce this activity from completing God's work and think of it as a good in and of itself. Their divine mission is to change society upon their verities. This phenomenon explains why Orthodox Jews by and large voted for Trump in 2016 and are expected to vote for him in 2020 even in greater numbers.
The social justice crowd is not motivated by concerns for Israel and they are not motivated by the interests of the United States. Their obsession is social justice which they believe is not currently available. They believe that this can best be achieved through socialism and wealth redistribution.
This Party is determined to become the ruling party once again, through any means including making false accusations, fabricating or destroying evidence and election fraud.
Tom Teicholz, uses a pen, the others, such as the Jewish Community Action, a Minnesota-based group, are actively participating in demonstrations and riots in support of the so-called racial justice and economic equality.
Some wealthy Jews, in an act of colossal memory loss, sponsor Antifa and Black Lives Matter just like their ancestors who financed the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. They forget, if they ever knew, that their ancestors ended up facing a firing squad of triumphant socialism. Thus they support a party whose every postulate is a fraud:
Systemic racism is a fraud -- the country that elected a black president twice cannot be racist
Black Lives Matter doesn't matter in Chicago, Detroit and other cities controlled by the Democrats
Economic equality can only occur in poverty
The Democrats' policy of open borders or no borders is designed to open our country to a tsunami of immigrants with morals and values diametrically opposed to those of Americans, ultimately making the United States of America not united, not states, and not even American
Attacks on law enforcement are an attempt create anarchy and dismantle the existing system of authority
The so-called victims of police brutality are predominantly habitual criminals and drug addicts
Racial inequality is the only correct postulate – the Affirmative Action is a form of racial privileges
They forget how good America was for Jews for 150 years and instead chase the false God of Socialism.
The Chosen People have chosen the wrong side of history again.
Alexander G. Markovsky is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, a conservative think hosted at King's College, New York City, which examines national security, energy, risk-analysis and other public policy issues, He is the author of "Anatomy of a Bolshevik" and "Liberal Bolshevism: America Did Not Defeat Communism, She Adopted It." He is the owner and CEO of Litwin Management Services, LLC.He can be reached at email@example.com.Ted Belman is the founder and publisher of Israpundit.org
Trump Blasts 'Fake News Media' Over Tax Allegations
By Marisa Herman(NEWSMAX)
In a series of Monday morning tweets, President Donald Trump ripped the "Fake News Media" for bringing up his taxes just like they did prior to the 2016 election.
Trump wrote that he has paid "many millions of dollars in taxes" and noted that he was "entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits."
His tweets defending his tax payments come amid a New York Times report that claimed he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his businesses.
Trump has called the report "fake news." He also tweeted that the information reported by the newspaper was "illegally obtained."
The New York Times said it obtained information on the president's tax returns spanning more than two decades.
Trump wrote that he is "extremely under leveraged" and has more assets than debt.
He called his financial statement "very IMPRESSIVE" and said he owns "extraordinary assets."
Trump has refused to release his tax returns because he says they are under audit by the Internal Revenue Service.
He concludes his posts by touting that he is the "only President on record to give up my yearly $400,000 plus Presidential Salary!"
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