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Sukkot - סֻכּוֹת the harvest Festival

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

Sukkot is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei ( ט"ו בתִּשְׁרֵי ).

The holiday lasts for seven days. The first day is a Shabbat-like holiday when work is forbidden. This is followed by 6 days that are called C'hol Hamoed חוֹל הַמּוֹעֵד when certain work is permitted. Sukkot is the third holiday of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals

(Shlosh haregalim שְׁלֹשׁ הָרְגָלִים): פֶּסַח - Passover שָׁבוּעוֹת - Shavuot סֻכּוֹת - Sukkot

The origins of Sukkot are both historical and agricultural: Historically, this holiday commemorates the 40-year period during which the Israelites wandered in the desert, and lived in temporary shelters. A sukkah is the name of the these temporary dwellings in which farmers would live during harvesting. And this is the agricultural significance of the holiday stressed by the Book of Exodus .

Laws and customs Sukkot has a large number of unique laws - mitzvot מִצְווֹת and customs מִנְהָגִים. Here are some of them: 1. The mitzvah of building a Sukkah and sitting in it during all the holidays: On Sukkot, the commandment is to sit in the sukkah and use it in all the usual uses of a house. The commandment is to live in a sukkah. Sukkah is a temporary structure. The sukkah is usually decorated with all kinds of decorations, and pictures. It is customary to begin the construction of the sukkah on the eve of Yom Kippur, thus beginning the first mitzvah immediately after Yom Kippur (יוֹם כִּפּוּר) which is the Day of Atonement. Want to build your own sukkah? read about it Here 2. The taking of the four species (אַרְבַּעַת הַמִּינִּים arbaat haminim): It is a mitzva to tie together three types of branches and one type of fruit and wave them in a special ceremony each day of the Sukkot holiday (not in Shabbat).

These are: Etrog (אֶתְרוֹג) – the fruit of a citron tree Lulav (לוּלָב) – a ripe, green, closed frond from a date palm tree. Hadass (הֲדַס) – boughs with leaves from the myrtle tree. Aravah (עֲרָבָה) – branches with leaves from the willow tree.

We wish you and your families a Happy holiday!

!חָג סֻכּוֹת שָׂמֵחַ

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