The Fall season is a time of harvest not only for farmers around the world but also a season of harvest and thanksgiving for many of our faith traditions.
This month the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (October 12 to 19), or the Feast of Tabernacles, is a time traditionally given to the remembrance of the Israelites’ journey from Egypt to the Promised Land and to the celebration of the harvest. Yet the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa continues to loom large: over 13 million people, mostly nomadic pastoralists and farmers in south-central Somalia, north-eastern Kenya, and south-eastern Ethiopia, are severely lacking in food and water.
In the midst of such a crisis, Sukkot — a festival that is a celebration of plenty — provides an opportunity to consider those who are lacking, and how we might be able to help and raise them up.
ONE campaigner Marc Friend, former Eisendrath Fellow at the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, and currently on the team at American Jewish World Service put together a Sukkot guide for reflection, discussion and action.
Rally your local congregation or campus ministry to fight the famine and feed the future this Fall. Join us!