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  After the repentance, expiation, and the Judgment Day, the time for joy comes - Sukkot. It is expressed in the words "the candid rejoice". To be happy these days is a special Torah commandment.

  It has become a good tradition for the Hesed "Polina" volunteers and staff to spend one of the Sukkot days outdoors. So, on 12 October 120 people came to "Ak bulak" rest home.

  Following the Torah commandments, the community began building a sukka. Then they decorated it with grapes, apples, pears, and other fruits.

  When everything was ready, the community members said the "Arbaha minim" blessing. It is the symbol of the unity of Jews. We are different, but we are together!

  The day was sunny and warm. Both the staff and the volunteers eagerly participated in merry competitions, games, and quizzes. After such an active rest everybody sang songs and danced together with "Nehama" ensemble.
During the festive meal the guests told jokes, anecdotes, and toasts. We were glad to be among our people. Because Sukkot is a festival of the unity of our nation.

Galina Lipker

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