Tabernacling as One
M1 Bank is proud to support the Tabernacling as One event this year. From October 9th- 17th join us in Forest Park as we celebrate the Sukkot. Here we will unite our community and the nations in the very place of the 1904 Worlds’ Fair and civil righteousness.
Sukkot is one of the three major festivals in Judaism. Firstly it is an agricultural festival of thanksgiving. Furthermore it is a commemoration of the forty-year period during which the children of Israel wandered in the desert. After leaving slavery in Egypt, the Jewish people left their homes and found temporary shelters as they traveled.
Sukkot is known as “the Time of our Happiness.” During this time, it is customary to build small huts, known as sukkots. These shelters are used for eating and sometimes sleeping.
Another important symbol of sukkot are the Arba’at Haminim, or the Four Species. We are commanded to take these four plants and use them to “rejoice before God.”
The lulav is made up of three plants. Firstly a palm branch flanked by willow and myrtle branches. These can often be found bound together with dried palm leaves. The fourth of the species is the fragrant etrog, which is a citrus fruit and looks like a bumpy lemon.
With the Four Species in hand, we recite a blessing and wave the species in all six directions. This is performed each day of the Sukkot holiday, thus symbolizing Divine presence everywhere.