Sunday begin HoShana Rabah 5777! Gut Yontif!
Illustration: “Moses and the Striking Rock,” by Marc Chagall, gouache, oil on paper, 1931.
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”‘” (John 7:37-38).
The festival of Sukkoth is a festival of Thanksgiving and a festival of prayer for the harvests to come. The “last day of the feast, the great day” called the Hoshana Rabah, the great Hosanna, is a day of prayer for the coming year. Jesus used this day as another opportunity to teach. Consider His words in the context of the festival.
For Jesus to stand and speak this way in a loud voice was not unusual. Nor was it unusual for Jesus to concern himself with the physical needs of the people, as He does here in talking about quenching…
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