September 19-25, 2013
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Sukkot?
Sukkot is the Jewish holiday of huts, taking place five days after Yom Kippur, and is one of the three great pilgrimage festivals. According to Rabbinic tradition, the custom is to sit in flimsy huts which represent the huts that were sat in when the Jews traveled in the desert after leaving Egypt.
How do we celebrate it?
Following Yom Kippur, the sukkah is to be built with three walls and a roof made of thatch or branches. All meals are eaten in the sukkah, weather permitted, and in commemoration of the produce from the holy land, the four species of palm, myrtle, willow, and a citron are gathered.The holiday comes with special prayers, including saying Hallel, and a prayer about savior, Hoshana, where congregants march around the synogogue with their four species.
What does it mean?
The thought process of Sukkott is to have a joyful and satisfying holiday, by eating and living in temporary shelters, and being distanced from material possessions.
What is the history behind Sukkot? (History)
The origins from Sukkot come from the Bible, where it is referred to as “the Harvest Festival.”Read more