Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sukat and Simchat Torah

After all the soul searching and repentance, and the pleas for forgiveness of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, unbounded joy highlights the celebration of Sukat and Simchat Torah. The rituals of Sukat are centered around the structure of the Sukat and the symbolism of the 'four species' - the esrog and three types of foliage that comprise the lulav. Jews strive for all the components of the four species to be the most perfect in form and texture. The Sukat market in Borough Park, Brooklyn is the largest in the New York area, and it caters to a broad spectrum of religious Jews who meticulously inspect each component for the most minute flaws.

Even cowboys celebrate Sukat:

And some are just out to have a good time:

Not everyone was happy that afternoon: