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The 3 Pilgrim Festivals
NSW Board of Jewish Education – http://www.bje.org.au/learning/judaism/holydays/festivals/pilgrim.html
‘There are three Jewish festivals referred to as the ‘Pilgrim Festivals’. Each festival of these three reflects an agricultural theme connected to the produce of the land of Israel. They are called ‘pilgrim’ festivals because in ancient times, when the Temple still stood in Jerusalem, Jews would make pilgrimage to the Temple in order to pray there on each of these festivals.’
‘The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous. Sukkot is so unreservedly joyful that it is commonly referred to in Jewish prayer and literature as Z’man Simchateinu…’