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ARE YOU GETTING READY FOR THE ‘FESTIVAL OF SUKKOT?’

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ARE YOU GETTING READY FOR THE ‘FESTIVAL OF SUKKOT?’

September typically signals fall and change. For Jews, this is also a special time of year. In between getting the kids back-to-school, returning to routines and everyday life, the High Holy Days are on the horizon, including Sukkot, or ‘The Festival of Sukkot.’ Sukkot arrives in early fall and lasts eight days. On the final day there is a special service held. Jews around the world use this occasion for reflections and gratitude, along with taking in all of their blessings. In ancient times, holiday meals were served in a Sukkah – a hut-like structure with three sides, decorated with fruits,...

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LEARN ABOUT THE HOLIDAY OF SUKKOT

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The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous. This festival is sometimes referred to as Zeman Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing. Sukkot lasts for seven days. The two days following the festival are separate holidays, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, but are commonly thought of as part of Sukkot. The word “Sukkot” means “booths,” and refers to the temporary dwellings that we are commanded to live in during this holiday. The name...

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