Ellie Lichtash

03 October 2017

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Breath In – Breath Out: Yoga for Sukot High Holiday

Breath In – Breath Out: Yoga for Sukot High Holiday

We love the outdoors and we take every opportunity to enjoy it – We visited the Suka with Morah Racheli and when Morah Val is here for a Yoga exercise we practice our Yogi poses outside. Our little yogis had practiced breathing this week. Blowing with the shofar, counting their breaths, inhaling and exhaling.

We start our Yoga with the poses that we love, and then we turn into a sweet Apple Cinnamon Ruggula  (wrapped in a mat). We breath in and breath out with blowing the shofar and we roll over like an apple.

Sukkot Holiday preparations begin on the day after Yom Kippur, which follows on October 4-11. It celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection G-d provided the children of Israel when they left Egypt. A dwelling is built under the open sky with natural vegetation called a sukkah. It is used for eating all meals and remembering their heritage with prayer, psalms of praise and celebration. Jewish Montessori schools learn about the Sukka, the mitzva of dwelling in the Suka and about the four species.
Sukkot is a time for inviting guests to the sukkah.
Sukkot is marked for 7 days. On the last day we start another holiday called Shmini Azert. And finally on the 8th day – we celebrate – Simchat Torah,  a grand celebration of the Torah that begins on the nightfall of October 13and ends the following night. It joyfully marks the conclusion of the Torah and beginning of another year reading it.  The holiday includes a festive meal, prayer, marching and dancing with the Torah around the synagogue.

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