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Written by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg Rabbi Norbert Weinberg at Adams Street Shul Yom Kippur at the Adams Street shul this year was truly amazing. The sanctuary was almost filled and remained that way throughout the services. The cantorial leadership was inspiring, and the participation through singing and sincere prayer left one spiritually fulfilled.

Now Succot is almost upon us and there are a number details to remember:

YIZKOR: Be sure to redeem your Yom Kippur Yizkor pledges as soon as possible, either by mailing them out or placing them in your Tzadakah box.

ERUV TAVSHILIN: Your Eruv Tavshilin must be made this Wednesday (and the following Wednesday).

LULAV & ETROG: If at all possible, it would be very nice for you to purchase your own set. However, the synagogue has provided a number of sets, which will be made available to you during the services. Please consult your schedule as to the times of the services and call Rabbi Weinberg if you have any questions regarding schedules or any other matters regarding Succot. (617/467-4647)

UNFRIENDLY WEATHER: There are some “not so friendly” weather predictions for Wednesday night. Unlike the rest of Succot (with the exception of Thursday night), we are exempt from eating in the Succah in the rain or exceptionally inclement weather. The reason for this is those conditions would interfere with our Simchat Yom Tov.

The exception is the first night of Succot, when we are obligated to at least make a motzi in the Succa, even if there is some distress caused by the weather. Thus, if it should be raining in such a manner that it looks like it may stop within an hour or two, we should wait until it stops and then make Kiddush and have our meal in the Succa. If is the type of rain that will not stop soon or, after waiting, did not stop, we make Kiddush in the Succa with Shehechyanu, but do not make the blessing “layshev basucca.” We then wash our hands, make a motzi in the Succa and have our meal in the house. If the rain stops during our meal, we take the rest into the Succa and make the blessing, “layshev basucca.” In the event that after all this, the rains stop, it is still proper to wash our hands again, eat a little something in the Succa, recite “layshev basucca” and say the Birchat Hamazon.

There is a difference on THURSDAY NIGHT. If we see that the rains do not stop even after waiting, we make Kiddush and eat our meal in the house. Before Birchat Hamazon, we eat a little challah in the Succa and go back into our homes.

Remember …these rules only apply to the first two nights of Succot. At all other times, we are exempt from the Succa if conditions conflict with our enjoyment.

Let’s hope we do not need the above instruction, but in case we do, it is good to be prepared.

See you in shul. Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom.
 
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