Sukkot, or in its official name “The Festival of Sukkot” is a holiday like no other, where we relocate ourselves to a temporary home, the sukkah itself, built under the sky, where we spend our time, meals and even sleep! On top of it all, it’s a festival of endless hosting circles, people coming and going, visitors from all walks of lives and all circles of our business and social lives.
There’s a communal and mystical aspect of the festival of Sukkot that includes inviting guests into our home, including complete strangers that we help preform the mitzvah of sitting and eating in the Sukkah. We wish to fill our Sukkah with guests and the biblical sources provides a specific list about who should be include: men and women, boys and girls, employees, colleagues and workers, widows, and orphans and also the less fortunate among our community or in the words of the Rambam: “When on
The Jewish culture provides us an annual opportunity, served on a silver plate, a chance to redeem ourselves and apologize to someone we love that we hurt this year, a chance to reach out and say sorry for our wrong doings. Apologizing isn’t easy and there’s are tens of ways to do it, some are better than others. The ideal way is to apologize face to face, the most respectable way – when someone can see your body language, your smile, then he feels your full regret and feel your sincerity. In
The Jewish Passover happens to coincide with the Christian holiday, Easter, and it is recommend that you take the time to wish your non-Israeli clients and colleagues a happy holiday as well. Our world has long become a “global village”, and the boundaries between different religions and cultures have been long gone… expand your horizons,and don’t be afraid to take part in and appreciate customs that are different from yours.