Making Lulaveem – Dance
In Leviticus 23:40 it states: On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of Adonai your God for seven days. We call this bouquet a lulaveem. Traditionally in Judaism, the four species of a lulaveem are a citron (a type of citrus fruit), along with three branches consisting of myrtle, willow and palm.
The second place in scripture where the idea of lulaveem is mentioned is in Nehemiah 8:15. The list of “ingredients” found there (depending on translation) includes olive branches, wild olive branches, pine trees, myrtle branches, palm or date palm branches, and branches of mature trees or shade trees. No mention of fruit is found in this passage but the variety of greenery suggests an idea rather than an exact recipe for the lulaveem.
At The Rehearsal we desire to celebrate with lulaveem and understanding that we are not in Israel and do not have access to the type of plants grown there, we are adapting our lulaveem bouquet to a North American version. If you desire to have a traditional Israeli plant based lulaveem, you are more than welcome to purchase and bring your selection to Sukkot.
In an effort to encourage everyone to participate in this instruction, we will have a North American lulaveem creating activity after opening the first Sabbath. Various “leafy” trees will be supplied along with a lemon. You will be able to make a lulaveem. They will be available to use during the worship service where it will be a part of the liturgy and dance. Click here for the dance instructions. Due to the messy nature of the lulaveems, we ask that all participants use them only on the dance floor to help facilitate an easy daily clean up.
”Mosheh commanded them saying…read this Torah before all Israel in their hearing, assemble the people, the men, the women, and your little ones and your sojourner who is within your gates, so that they learn to fear YHWH your Elohim and guard to do all the words of this Torah.”(edited Deut 31:10-12)
There will be a daily Deuteronomy reading in the morning. You are welcome to bring your Bible and join us as we read aloud through the book of Deuteronomy every morning. The passages will be assigned for each day and will be read in a round robin style by anyone who wishes to participate. After the day’s passage has been completed, the remaining time will be open to discussion on the reading. We understand that people have different views and understandings of scripture and encourage everyone to share in love rather than dogmatically.
Join us during service with a quick praise and testimony to share that glorifies our King and encourages the body. A quick, short testimony of what you are grateful for, a kindness you experienced, observations around camp or a scripture verse are all the types of things that would make an excellent praise pop.
We want to encourage people to gather and fellowship after the evening activities. A good opportunity for this is at a campfire in the campground. We encourage people to bring camp chairs and appropriate clothing so you can comfortably participate in the Campfire Connections.
There will be an opportunity to participate in a Marketplace experience which will be open when designated on the schedule. If you desire to bring items to sell or give away, please sign up for a spot on the Online Volunteer Signup page under the Marketplace signup sheet. If you would like to purchase items, please bring cash as credit cards and checks may not be accepted by all vendors. You are encouraged to bring your own table covering.
Disclaimer: Due to the unknown content of vendors wares, not all contributions and ideologies may reflect the beliefs and understandings of the Board of The Rehearsal. There is no fee for vendors but you may make a donation to The Rehearsal to help cover costs.
We welcome you to bring items to share with the body. We will have a table set up for attendees to set out gifts to be shared with whoever needs it. Please do not leave live animals, balloons, garbage, temperature sensitive food or literature. If you would like to offer free literature, please see the marketplace information. If you have any questions as to what you would like to give away, please contact The Rehearsal.
We will have a chalk board available for you to post business cards, job offers or requests, items for sale etc. for others to view.
“Who may ascend to the hill of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy place?”
” He who has clean hands and a pure heart…” Ps. 24:3,4
At this appointed time, we are to be meeting with our King and Maker, time to tabernacle together. We want to be a holy and set-apart people. Holy and set-apart to YHWH. So if anyone is feeling the need for repentance, renewal, and rededication before coming into His presence. We will be offering a mikvah for this purpose.
We will be holding a mikvah at the lake shore. Please bring the necessary attire and towel for the occasion . We ask that you be cognizant of what your wet clothing may reveal. A bathing suit under dark colored clothing is suggested. There will be supervision and assistance for those in need. Let us start the week with clean hearts and hands.
Plan for water activities at the lake, weather permitting. Please wear water appropriate clothing.
Open Praise and Worship Session
Do you have a desire for more praise and worship? Do you have a worship song you would like to sing or play? Join in for a wonderful time of evening praise and worship. This time and place gives an opportunity for anyone to share a song or two in an open forum with others in the camp. Please be courteous and give each other the opportunity to share in this activity.
We invite the ladies of the camp to join us for a time of encouragement, reflection, and fun. All married women (regardless of age) and single ladies 18 years of age and older are welcome to participate. If you have a nursing baby, please know that they are welcome.
Family Fun Time
We invite you to come together for an evening of fellowship and games in the gym. Planned activities are the rock-wall, ping-pong, corn-hole, and a first person simulation game among other activities.
During the Ladies’ Time we are planning a rock wall climbing activity in the gym for kids and young adults to participate in.
A time of fellowship and getting to know everyone, while playing games of skill, knowledge and working together.
Come one, come all to celebrate, laugh and praise our Heavenly Father for the gifts and talents He has poured out on His people. We invite you to come to Sukkot prepared to present something uplifting and good to share with the family. Songs, poems, dance, music, skits, jokes, and unusual talents are all welcome. We do ask that your offering be 5 minutes or less for our family friendly audience. Sign-up onsite at registration.
Hallel Dance Party
Come join us for a fun social dance party with games, music, fun social dances and Hebraic flavored dances will be taught and done. Bring your dancing shoes and be prepared to move! All ages and dance levels welcome. Spectators are encouraged to come as well.
Want more live music? Join the Stotts who are hosting a Bluegrass Jam Session a couple evenings in the RV Shelter.
Sukkot Speaker Messages Q & A
Join us for an evening of questions and discussion focused on the week’s speaker’s messages. We will have a panel with the speakers at Sukkot who will answer questions posed by the audience about the messages they gave. Questions will be written down and turned in to be read to the panel by a moderator.