Moon Over Maui

A Jewish Mystical Journey through the Year

Full Moon—Sukkot—Joy and Celebration

Written By: Jueli Garfinkle - Oct• 10•11

At its fullest expression, the Tishrei moon is also called the harvest moon. It lights the night sky as no other, illuminating the evenings and gently stirring you from your warm predawn slumber. Tishrei’s full moon is about joy. Not the joy of happy ha! ha! isn’t this fun, but the source of joy that you are alive. You are breathing and living. You are fortunate to be engaged in relationship with God, yourself, other people.

During this time of the moon, many people build a sukkah (a three-sided structure with a roof of palm fronds, branches, reeds, or bamboo) to remind themselves of their ultimate dependence on God and the environment. Vulnerable to nature’s elements, they joyfully celebrate that life is both fragile and resilient.

Call to Action: Build your own sukkah, visit someone else’s, or simply be outside as much as possible on the full moon and for the week following.  Invite people to share a meal with you. Stare into the heavens. Feel the brisk fall air against your skin. Celebrate the joy and privilege of being alive.

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