Feasting at the Festival!
Eating is a large part of the festival of Sukkot. After all, it is . . . a FEAST!
It’s been said that “calories
consumed while enjoying the festivals are counted as nothing!”‘ Don’t know who said it, but it sounds good to me!
know how important it is to a person’s spiritual growth to be able to
just sit down and discuss the Bible with others over a meal. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get to know others – your
brothers in the Hebraic Movement. Thus, a part of the Season of Our Joy experience is to enjoy a
number of opportunities to get together and just EAT.
have a number of activities planned that include food and snacks.
The Opening Night and the Hamburger
Social will take place at a new location - outside by the Multi-Purpose
Building. This will provide
a little more cover in the event of inclement weather and provide a
place for us to store refrigerated items before each meal. These are still considered
outside events so you will want to
bring a lawn chair since inside
seating will be limited.
following are the scheduled meal and snack events:
- Opening Night – A quick orientation to the Season of Our Joy.
We will have a short opening message, sing a couple of songs, and with
the coming of sunset - “Open the Sabbath” together as a group.
SOOJ will be providing snacks and drinks, but feel free to add to it
with chips, finger foods, veggie plates, etc. So plan on milling around for
a while, catching up with old friends, and if you’re new to SOOJ,
asking questions of the SOOJ veterans and leadership. We’ll officially open the festival at about 6:50 pm, so
come around 6:15 so we can be sure to start on time.Be sure to bring a lawn chair!
/ Hot Dog / Ice Cream Social (Tuesday Evening) –One of the highlights of the festival is the Hamburger Social,
a wonderful time for fellowship
with those you have just met or are wanting to meet. SOOJ will supply all the lean grass-fed hamburger meat, hot
dogs, buns, and fixin’s so
you don’t have to bring anything other than yourself and . . .a little donation.
Yes, that’s the fine print.We figure you’d rather us pick up the meat and things so you
don’t have to make a trip to the store, or keep things refrigerated.So we’ll be
providing everything - meat, buns, fixen’s, drinks, and even the ice
cream afterwards – all for a suggested donation of $5.oo per person or
$15.oo per family. And if
you don’t have the cash – come anyway . . . we’re not checking to see
who does or doesn’t stuff money in the donation box!For those who have special menu needs (vegetarian, rabbinic
kosher, no sodium salt, gourmet mustard, favorite soda, etc.) you’re
welcome to bring your own and throw it on the grill.
One more thing! We
plan to serve as you arrive to reduce time waiting in line.You may bless your own food before you eat and we will bless
YHWH afterwards as a group (Deut. 8:10).Now how’s that for being accommodating!
- Friday Evening - There is no organized meal this
evening. With sundown being
later in the evening, we encourage everyone to make use of the
facilities in their respective lodge or at the campground.Be sure to help those who have no access to cooking facilities
by inviting them to join you.If you’re not into cooking, there are a large number of fine
restaurants in the Camdenton and Osage Beach areas where you can get an
- Sunday Evening before Shemini Atzoret (the Eighth Day)
– By this time you probably know the people with whom you are sharing a
lodge kitchen or are camping alongside.Therefore, we would like for you to organize a meal with some of
them and invite others to it. We’re calling this the SOOJ Block Meals . . . sort of
like a “block party” without the party. We want to have these in seven locations:4 at Lakeview Lodge; 2 at Koehler Lodge; and 1 at the
Campground. Everyone will
have the same basic menu, so you young men don’t need to pass up one
place in search of the T-Bone steaks at another.It just ain’t gonna happen!Each leader will make up a list of what they want people to
bring and as people sign up, they’ll indicate what they do plan to
By the way, if
you’re inclined to lead one of these meals, but don’t want to or are
not prepared to open the Sabbath (traditional Kiddush), no worries . .
. just let us know and we’ll find someone to perform that service for