We are in the midst of Sukot, known in English as the Feast of Tabernacles. Weather permitting (easier in Israel than in many other locations), observant Jews spend as much time as possible in their Sukot, or outdoor booths, based on this verse:
In Sukot you shall live for seven days…so that your generations will know that in Sukot
I sat the children of Israel when I took them out of the land of Egypt,
I am the Lord your God.
This holyday is uniquely characterized as “the time of our joy” on account of the following verses:
…and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
You shall make the holyday of Sukot for seven days…
And you shall rejoice in your holyday…
In another of those puzzling paradoxes we so frequently encounter in our Biblical studies and whose resolution inevitably leads to one more blinding truth about how the world REALLY works, we find death surrounding the holyday called “Time of our Joy.” Death and joy? Really?