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The Meaning of the word 'Holiday' [Hagh]



The meaning of holiday [Hagh] is pilgrimage to Yerushalayim from the villages and the cities and the tent camps surrounding Yerushalayim, in fulfillment of the biblical ordinances... This is as it is written, "all your males shall appear before YHWH your God" (Devarim 16.16).

The word holiday also refers to the circumambulation of the sanctuary. This is derived from the following: "They went around in circles [yahoggu] and staggered like a drunken man" (Tehilim 107.27), "he walks in the circuit of heaven" (Iyov 22.14), and "He sits above the circuit of the earth" (Yishiyahu 40.22). This meaning of holiday agrees with the expression, "I will walk around your altar, YHWH" (Tehilim 26.6). Pilgrimage includes the offering of sacrifices.