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Sukkot (Sukkos)

The Festival of Tabernacles & the "Tabernacling" of God on Earth

Significance of Sukkot

Short Videos on Sukkot:

Lectures on Sukkot:  
Chabad's Sukkot Explained (37 min.)
Rabbi Mizrachi - The Deep Secrets of Sukkot (1h 31 min.)
Rabbi Alon Anava's The Importance of Joy (26 min.)

Laws & Customs of Sukkot

Lessons on Simcha (Joy)

Lectures on Simcha (Joy) & Sukkot:
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Sukkot Media

Suggested Purchases for Sukkot

Books/ Literature

These books are by no means mandatory for a believer. However, since Sukkot is a time of rejoicing and being happy, I thought it would be helpful to provide these as resources to help others increase their own joy. While one of the core values of Breslov Judaism is simcha (joy) and can be heard mentioned in many Breslov shiurim (lectures), the following two books I believe are especially useful. I have personally read "The Empty Chair" and greatly enjoyed it. I look forward to reading "Entering the Light" though I have not yet read it:

  • "The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy - Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov". Link here.
  • "Restore My Soul (Meshivat Nefesh)" by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Link here.
  • "Entering the Light - Prayers To Experience the Joy & Wonder Of Shabbat & Yom Tov" by Reb Noson. Link here.

Yom Kippur Machzorim: Koren Sacks and ArtScroll are two that I have even a little bit of experience with. I personally prefer the way the Koren Sacks machzor is organized and sounds compared to the Complete ArtScroll Siddur which I assume is similar to the ArtScroll machzor. Not only is the Koren Sacks very beautiful and white (fitting for the holiday) but it has fantastic commentary and footnotes from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of England. This will prove to be extremely helpful for people of all levels of experience. Also, the language it uses compared to the ArtScroll siddur is much easier to read and it actually sounds beautiful, almost poetic. In terms of size, the Koren Sacks machzor is about standard book size (there is also a compact version comparable to "pocket size"). In terms of orthodoxy, the Koren Sacks edition is Modern Orthodox. I personally use and endorse this gem of a machzor.

However, the ArtScroll machzor is much cheaper than the Koren Sacks and I think it is not only translated but transliterated too (so you can pray in Hebrew while reading English letters). The ArtScroll siddur has lots of commentary too so I would assume the ArtScroll machzor does too. I will also give it to the ArtScroll machzor that it is a beautiful blue in color. I have seen them in person and I can attest to the fact that they not only look good in your hands but on your bookshelf too. In terms of size, there is a pocket edition (slightly cheaper) and a regular size. I liked above to the pocket edition purely for the sake of price. Content is the same as the regular sized one but the print will be smaller in the pocket edition. In terms of orthodoxy, the ArtScroll machzor is Orthodox/ Chasidic in flavor.

Both have their benefits and their downsides. Yet, both are put out by fantastic publishers worthy of respect. And just remember, if you don't like one, you can always try another! You don't just have to stick with one, you can always experiment and try different ones. As far as content is concerned, it will be roughly the same except the commentary will be different in each one. Sometimes, this is the  appeal of one machzor over another. Both will probably run you about $20-30 USD.