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WEEKLY READINGS FROM THE TORAH, PROPHETS & GOSPELS
This Week’s Torah Portion
Festival of Booths, Day 1
For the week of September 24, 2023
- TORAH: LEVITICUS 22:26-23:44;
- HAFTARAH: ZECHARIAH 14:1-21
- GOSPELS: LUKE 2:1-20
Five days after the Day of Atonement, the Festival of Booths begins. The festival starts with a yom tov Sabbath on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and continues for seven days. The Hebrew name of the festival is Sukkot, a word often translated into English as “tabernacles” or “booths.” The name is derived from the commandment that requires Jewish people to dwell in temporary shelters for the duration of the festival as a reminder of the post-exodus years when Israel lived in huts and booths in the wilderness.