We learn about the festival of Sukkot in the Torah, “The fifteenth day of the seventh month (Tishri) shall be a festival. You shall live in booths for seven days, so you may remember that the Jewish people lived in booths when they were freed from slavery in Egypt” (Leviticus 23:42-43). Today, many Jews build… Read More
Ideas to Make Your Sukkot Holiday Special A popular custom, which began in the 16th century, is to ask guests, in the form of the Jewish forefathers, into one’s sukkah. The guests are called ushpizin, and include: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron and David. You can design your own poster showing the ushpizin for… Read More
Interesting Sukkot facts The Israel Museum is home to one of the most unusual and beautiful sukkahs ever. It’s from 19th-century Germany, and it’s collapsible! The boards are carefully numbered and show scenes from Israel including Jerusalem and the Kotel.
Decorating the sukkah is lots of fun. Here’s an idea for a hanging mobile your children will enjoy looking at every time they eat or play in the sukkah. You will need: two wire coat hangers two twist ties tissue paper adhesive tape glue rag thread and needle ribbon Instructions: Cut ten strips of tissue… Read More
A family’s sukkah can be their home away from home. Like a collection of charming, if sometimes haphazard, larger-than-life boxes, sukkahs begin appearing outside Israeli homes soon after Yom Kippur. It’s almost a tradition, in fact, to start work on the booths hours after the fast is over.
If Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prepare the mind for teshuvah, repentance, and help the soul achieve divine forgiveness, then Sukkot is like a congratulations party for the body after a long, spiritual journey. Also called zeman simhateinu, the season of our rejoicing, Sukkot is about joy and giving thanks. When the children of Israel… Read More
Leviticus 23:39-43 discusses the Children of Israel wandering about after the Exodus, and God directs Jews to live in sukkot in commemoration. But it’s not just a matter of building the temporary home. God also tells His people to take “the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of thick trees and… Read More
Ilene Spector Special to the Jewish Times In Europe, just after the break-the-fast meal was over, Jews would proceed to hammer the first nail to begin building the sukkah. Observant Jews today remember these makeshift huts by building similar structures out of wood, branches, harvest vines and fruits. The idea is to be open to… Read More
Ilene Spector Special to the Jewish Times Sukkot is the Jewish Thanksgiving. The word, meaning booths, refers to the tents or temporary dwellings of the ancient Israelites who wandered in the desert in search of the promised land. Later, the shelters also were used as harvesters’ huts before the onset of winter. So Sukkot has… Read More