Sukkot - Festival of Booths

lulav and etrog, ritual objects for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot

Sukkot - Festival of Booths

Sukkot Introduction

Sukkot

Sukkot is one of the most joyful festivals on the Jewish calendar. “Sukkot,” a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. The holiday has also come to commemorate the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai.

Also called Z’man Simchateinu (Season of Our Rejoicing), Sukkot is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, and is marked by several distinct traditions. One, which takes the commandment to dwell in booths literally, is to erect a sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut. Sukkot (in this case, the plural of sukkah) are commonly used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining and even for sleeping.

Our sukkot have open walls and open doors, and this encourages us to welcome as many people as we can. We invite family, friends, neighbors, and community to rejoice, eat, and share what we have with each other.

Another name for Sukkot is Chag HaAsif, (Festival of the Ingathering), representing the importance in Jewish life of giving thanks for the bounty of the earth.

Sukkot Recipes

Moroccan sweet couscous recipe for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah Chanukkah

This dish is now a staple on my buffet table for all fall Jewish holidays, because I like to incorporate a new fruit (pomegranate) or fall fruits (raisins, apples, pears in their dried form) for Rosh HaShanah and Sukkot.

WHEN IS Sukkot ?

2019, Oct 13 - 20

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