The Great Rabbi Elyashiv celebrates a Simchat Bet Hashoeva on Succot
The Great Rabbi Elyashiv celebrates a Simchat Bet Hashoeva on Succot outside his home. Attended by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach as well as hundreds of his students. Israel, Jerusalem. 25/09/2010
The Great Rabbi Elyashiv celebrates a Simchat Bet Hashoeva on Succot outside his home. Attended by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach as well as hundreds of his students.
When the Temple in Jerusalem stood, Every night in the outer Temple courtyard, tens of thousands of spectators would gather to watch the Simchat Beit HaShoeivah, as the most pious members of the community danced and sang songs of praise to God. The dancers would carry lit torches, and were accompanied by the harps, lyres, cymbals and trumpets of the Levites. According to the Mishnah, (Tractate Sukkah), "He who has not seen the rejoicing at the Simchat Beit HaShoeivah has never seen rejoicing in his life." Throughout Sukkot, the city of Jerusalem teemed with Jewish families who came on the holiday pilgrimage and joined together for feasting and Torah study. A partition separating men and women was erected for this occasion.
Nowadays, this event is recalled via a Simchat Beit HaShoeivah gathering of music, dance, and refreshments. This event takes place in a central location such as a synagogue, yeshiva, or place of study. Refreshments are served in the adjoining sukkah. Live bands often accompany the dancers. The festivities usually begin late in the evening, and can last long into the night.
In Jerusalem, there is a Simchas Beis HaShoevah at many Hasidic main synagogues on most nights of Sukkos. Particularly the eastern part of Meah Shearim is very busy, with large festivals being held.