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住棚節(Sukut), 歡樂的綠色節日

平安,問候我們世界各地的朋友們--公義的諾亞後裔們。住棚節快樂! 住棚節與其他的以色列的節日不同,住棚節是田園詩一般的節日。住棚節期間,有許多的綠色植物點綴其中。特別是四種植物:住棚節顯著的特徵就是由許多天然植物組成 。如同聖殿紀念日,需要新鮮的泉水--Simcht Beit Hashoeva,所有這些,都是以色列靈魂與自然合一的象徵。 但這些並不是我們所擅長的,因為以色列人似乎傾向於害怕自然。他們害怕去體驗這些,恐怕會和異教發生關聯。例如,在贖罪日,避免吃發酵的麵包,在初熟節(Shavuot),我們不會整夜睡覺,而在新年,我們整日不眠。最後,在住棚節,這是一個正常的節日,在住棚節期間,我們正常睡眠、與自然連接、享受自然的綠色。 我們如何感受住棚節?首先,在值得敬畏的新年和贖罪日其間,我們修正了我們的罪、潔淨了我們的靈魂、遠離了邪惡傾向。我們因此確信:在我們與自然相遇的過程中不會導致我們在道德上誤入歧途。相反,體驗自然可以提升我們的靈性的水平和等級,使我們與自然共同揚升。因此 住棚節具有重要的普遍性意義。 世上的萬民對自然界的聖潔倍加關注。正如我們偉大的領袖之一、拉比庫克(Rabbi Kook) 所言:聖潔的自然屬於萬國、萬民;超越自然的聖潔屬於以色列。看啊!在住棚節其間,和諧美滿存在於這兩種類型的聖潔之間:超越自然的聖潔與自然的聖潔。因此先知們預言: 將來,來自世界各地的人們聚集在聖地慶祝住棚節,特別是在耶路撒冷聖殿中。以色列會獻上70只公牛,為世上的70國贖罪。住棚節是一個具有普遍意義的節日,將以色列與全人類聚集在一起,以和諧超越自然的聖潔和自然的聖潔。 祝福大家住棚節快樂!

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