Depression and the Holiday of Joy

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Sukkot is the Jewish holiday celebrating the seasonal harvest, G-d’s protection of the Jews in the desert and G-d’s constant protection of humanity. In the Talmudic tradition, it is referred to as a “z’man simchateinu” - the time of our joy.” It is regarded as one of the most joyful Jewish festivals of the year, and its celebration even includes an explicit commandment unique to this holiday: to rejoice. But for those experiencing grief or depression, that commandment can be very challenging.


Thankfully, Sukkot also includes the practice of building and dwelling in sukkot, temporary dwelling spaces in which we are tasked with eating and drinking, and encouraged to welcome as many people as we can to share in our joy and find peace in the community.

In this resource, you will learn about the underlying concepts of unity and community related to Sukkot, you will learn about signs and symptoms to look out for in friends and loved ones experiencing depression, and you will learn what you can do to make your home more inviting to others and be able to help them when they ask for it.



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