Succoth Days on October, 2018: what spiritual season did Israel in the bible days celebrate?
Succoth Days 2018. just another day here in...: Happy Succoth- חג סוכות שמח Happy Succoth- חג סוכות שמח
Spiritual Season of Passover, Numbers 9, Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying: 2 "Let the children of Israel keep a the Passover at its appointed b time. 3 "On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time. According to all its rites and ceremonies you shall keep it." So Moses told the children of Israel that they should keep the Passover.
Shavuot, you shall count for yourselves -- from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving -- seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days... You shall convoke on this very day -- there shall be a holy convocation for yourselves -- you shall do no laborious work; it is an eternal decree in your dwelling places for your generations. -Leviticus 21:15-16, 21
Sukkot or Succoth is a seven-day festival, also known as the Feast of Booths, the Feast of Tabernacles, or just Tabernacles. It is one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (shalosh regalim) mentioned in the Bible. Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions.
how long would it have taken to march from Goshen to Succoth?
It would depend on whether it was at a quick or forced march speed.If it was at a quick march then it would have taken only a day at the most.
As I understand it Succoth was the place or area near Egypt's eastern border of the Red Sea where the Israelites assembled and it is one of the names given to what was a fortress or military base.
The name given in the Bible for the north eastern part of the delta region in Egypt is Goshen.
This is the area given to the Israelites by Pharaoh on their return to Egypt. It says in the Bible that the Pharaoh "gave them the best of the land" This is the fertile region of the delta.
The Bible doesn't refer to Succoth as a city but as a valley in the region near the coast of the Red sea in the land referred to as "the wilderness".
It would have taken them a lot longer than the distance suggests as they had all their women and children as well as all their belongings and had to recross the sea of reeds. This would have meant relays of small boats ferrying the people across.
It may have taken as long as two full days to complete the journey back into Egypt.
What Activities are done during the israel succoth?
Many people have festive meal in their sukkah; they invite neighbors, friends, and family. Some people even sleep in the sukkah during the entire week of Sokkot!
Some people have "sukkah parties" for kids and adults alike: There are refreshments, music, and dancing.
During chol-hamoed (intermediate days of Sukkot), we celebrate Simchat Beit Hashoeivah, In the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, a unique service was performed every morning throughout the Sukkot holiday: the Nisuch HaMayim (נסוך המים—lit. "pouring of the water") or Water Libation Ceremony. According to the Talmud, Sukkot is the time of year in which God judges the world for rainfall; therefore this ceremony, like the taking of the Four Species, invokes God's blessing for rain in its proper time. The water for the libation ceremony was drawn from the pool of Shiloah in the City of David, and the joy that accompanied this procedure was palpable. (This is the source for the verse in Isaiah: "And you shall draw waters with joy from the wells of salvation" (Isa. 12:3).
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I forgot to add that during Simchat Beit Hashoeivah some Orthodox communities close a few streets, hire a band, and people come by the hundreds to dance; it is beautiful!!
This is done in Israel, New-York, Los-Angeles, Baltimore, etc....