The post I linked yesterday is currently up to 20 pages.....:sigh: Apparently NOBODY actually READS Torah - but I digress. (Mainly, it seems that if you're not born a Jew or legally convert, you're prohibited from celebrating the Feasts, especially Passover. That's...not what Exodus says, or other places in Torah, for that matter. :sigh: And...the Jews in this post claim that NO ONE can be grafted in/added. I.....cry. It's sad...) ANYWAY:
What I wanted to post was a quote from..page 18, I think:
The relationship between G-d and the Jewish people is often described as a romantic one - some mefarshim (commentators) hold that Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs) is a metaphoric poem about the love between us.
In that vein, the Shalosh regalim are sometimes described as stages in our 'relationship'.
Pesach commemorates the whirlwind courtship - complete with large, dramatic gestures and an exciting elopement.
Shavuous is the wedding - with the Torah as our kesuva (wedding contract)... some Sephardic communities have a wedding-like ceremony on Shavuous each year. Shavuous is when every Jewish neshama - including those not yet born - was present, so to speak, at Har Sinai and said 'naaseh v'nishma' ('we will do and we will hear') - that is when our eternal, undissolvable union was consecrated.
..and Sukkos is making it real. The 40 years of things not being as perfect as we'd imagined... the work of relationship... and the security of Divine love and protection that transcends all physical and earthly illusions of security.
Our holiday cycle in general is a... well, cycle of time... not a remembering of the past, but, on a very deep level, each year we, spiritually, go through these experiences again... to find new levels of spiritual freedom on Pesach, a renewed revelation of the Torah, and renewed commitment to finding the simcha (joy) and security in our relationship with G-d.
Each chag has its own significance and meaning and some of those pieces might be interesting or appealing to non-Jews... but extracting those bits is missing the point... it's about the relationship - and you can't get that without the *commitment*... the covenant between G-d and the Jewish people.
I have to say - I hadn't seen it put this way before, and it makes a LOT of sense. Passover as courtship, Shavout as wedding, and Sukkot as the married life...it fits. I've seen it discussed that Song of Songs is a parable about the relationship between the Jews and G-d, and it's one thing that makes me want to find an affordable copy of the Talmud so I can read the discussion (but that urge quickly passes...I want to study God's Word, not commentary. And I'm totally NOT touching the whole "Oral Torah as given at Sinai" deal....because I'm just not sure. Torah doesn't mention Oral Torah....and God never hides things from His own.)
Especially since John saw New Jerusalem, decked out as a Bride, descending from Heaven - and most of the prophecy watchers I know say that that is the complete fulfillment of Sukkot. (Only....I thought Shavout was the ingathering.....but wedding fits, too. I need to think on this...)
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