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Year of Hakhel

Year of Hakhel

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‘Assemble the people: the men, the women, the children… In order that they hear, and in order that they learn’ - Deuteronomy 31:11-12

 

What is Hakhel?

In ancient Israel, every seventh year was a Shemitah ("sabbatical") year. For an entire year, the nation's economy came to a standstill as all farmers and agrarian workers abandoned their fields and flocked en masse to the study houses where, for a full year, they focused on their spiritual needs.

At the onset of the eighth year, known as the Hakhel year, (and the first in the new seven-year cycle), the nation is ready to head back to the fields and orchards. But first, they are commanded to gather in the Holy Temple on the second day of the holiday of Sukkot, for a dose of inspiration to tide them over for the next six years, most of whose time would be spent in business endeavors.

This event was known as Hakhel, "Assemble!" It was the only event that required the attendance of every Jewish man, woman and child, reminiscent of the historic moment when our nation stood at Mount Sinai, and every member of our nation was present as G‑d lovingly gave us the Torah.

Hakhel in our days

The Biblical mitzvah of Hakhel is only in effect when all the Jewish people reside in the Holy Land, and it will be reinstated with the coming of Moshiach. Nevertheless, the Rebbe encouraged all Jews to join together during the year of Hakhel for inspirational unity gatherings of all types, in order to experience Judaism together, as was done during the gathering at the Holy Temple.

As we know, in addition to studying, we need to see, we need to live, we need to experience . We need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. At these Hakhel gatherings, three items should be included: Words of Torah, Tefila (Prayer or a Blessing) and Tzedaka (charity).

 

5 IDEAS: How your family can benefit from the Hakhel year inspiration

1. Shabbat Dinner: Charity, Shabbat Candles and Kiddush are the perfect setting to share a weekly inspirational reading or thought.

2. Virtually Unite to Inspire: The subject line of a new weekly email from you, sent to your loved ones for the next 8 months. From material we send you, or anything else you find, choose a video, photo or thought that inspires you - and you think will inspire them.

3. An inspirational 30 minutes with the Rabbi + a beautiful gift:
Invite the Rabbi to spend 30 minutes of sharing stories or inspirational thoughts with your family, to be culminated with the affixing of a complimentary kosher Mezuzah on one of the doors in your home. A gift from The Donald L. Solomon Foundation.

4. A Judaic Class with the Rabbi in your home or office: Invite the Rabbi, choose the topic and invite your family or friends.

5. Jewish Birthday Party: On the Jewish birthday of any family member, invite Rabbi Shemtov or Rabbi Shmouel to join and share stories or inspirational thoughts on this momentous occasion.

 

 

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We will send you material that will simplify your providing these inspirational moments to your family and friends.

 

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HAKHEL IN OUR OWN LIVES

“The theme of Hakhel is to unite the entire nation: men, women, and children. Each of these segments have general characteristics; The men: strength and firmness to lead in the outside world; The women: leadership in the home and the education of her family; The children: the willingness to learn
and receive from others.

Every person has - and needs - all of these characteristics. In the year of hakhel, we work to unite all three characteristics in order to strengthen ourselves as a whole
being who is dedicated to serving Hashem and realizing our potential in His world.”

 

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