“Have you got the canvas unrolled?” “Sure.”
“Did you find the hammer and the screws?” “Yup.”
“Are the lanterns and posters ready to be hung up?” “Absolutely.”
“Did you get the esrog you were hoping for?” “Baruch Hashem.”
“Have you thought at all about the meaning of Succos?” “Uhh…”
Yes, it’s the busiest time of year, with succah preparations, purchase of the most mehudar esrog we can afford, and all that holiday cooking. As we come into the Succos and Shemini Atzeres holidays, though, let us ensure that we have also prepared ourselves for “the time of our joy” – through the many ArtScroll books that open the beauty and significance of the yom tov to us. Here’s a sampling:
Succos machzor: On Rosh Hashanah our prayers were passionate and heartfelt; on Yom Kippur they were deep with our tears. Now, on Succos, it’s harder to achieve those transcendent spiritual moments. The ArtScroll Succos machzor, with its readable translation, illuminating commentary, attractive design and clear halachos and instructions helps bring put the fervor back into our prayers.
The Lulav and Esrog Handbook: A clear presentation of the laws of the Four Species, with full color photos and diagrams, as well as fascinating divrei Torah. A must for anyone who is choosing his own esrog and lulav!
Succos: Its Significance, Laws, and Prayers: Of all the holy days in the Jewish calendar, only Succos is called “the time of our joy.” Why is this week marked by an explosion of jubilation? What is the significance of the humble, fragile succah-booth? What is the lesson of the Four Species? This volume contains a rich treasury of observances, laws, insights, and prayers.
Simchas Torah/Shemini Atzeres: Its Significance, Laws, and Prayers: Another in the acclaimed ArtScroll Holiday Series, this book captures the mood, the traditions, the laws, the significance, the history, the beauty of Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah.
And for the children…
Succos with Bina, Benny, and Chaggai HaYonah: Join Bina, Benny and their winged friend, Chaggai the holiday dove, in these fun-filled, fact-filled adventures by beloved children’s author Yaffa Ganz.
My First Book of Jewish Holidays: The story of every Jewish holiday, and the laws that even youngsters can understand, are explained and beautifully illustrated. Bring a sparkle to your children’s yom tov with this bestseller from master storyteller Shmuel Blitz.
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