Friday, October 2, 2009

Rejoice!

The new lulav & etrog stamp, actual size 2.25" x 1"

It's time again to rejoice in the sukkah for the Festival of Booths, better known to us as Succot! If you are unfamiliar, it is the Biblical festival where we build temporary huts (or booths) and are commanded to dwell and rejoice in them for seven days. While we are rejoicing, we are to give a 'wave offering' of the produce of the Land (of Israel) - in our case, it's the lulav & etrog. The lulav consists of date palm, myrtle and willow along with the etrog from the citron tree. An etrog is a bright yellow citrus fruit (looks like an overgrown lemon, actually) that is grown in the Land that has the most delicious and unusual fruity-perfume-ish smell.

This is the stamp I carved for my Festival traditional letterbox, I'm guessin' back in 2006. It's even on crumbly stuff!


And, here we are last year in our shul sukkah...


Chag Sameach!

5 comments:

Nitrocat said...

And we have much to rejoice about, don't we?

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Mama Cache said...

I enjoy these festival stamps and your backdrops for them so very much, as you know. Thank you again.

Ari C'rona said...

Most excellent, my friend! Looking forward to rejoicing with you tonight! :o)

Rogue Artist said...

Thank you for sharing these! I love getting to learn the story behind the stamp. Have a joyous Sukkot and a bountiful season!

Sue KuKu said...

Thank you for this column! I have read & learned about the Festival of Booths but your stamp images with the explanation taught me so much more. And your photo is wonderful -- so great to see some of the many people rejoicing.

Hope you had a joyous and blessed
Succot!

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