Download this Research Paper in word format. The most visible feature of Sukkot is the building of temporary shelters.
This festival is one of the three biggies the other two are Passover and Shavuot. I know what some of you are thinking and the answer is no, Chanukah is a very minor holiday. As it says in the Torah, Speak to the children of Israel, saying: On the fifteenth day of this seventh month, is the Festival of Succoth, a seven day period to the Lord.
Oh yeah I forgot to tell you. In Judaism there are four New Years every year. Along with Rosh HaShana are: The first of Nisan which is the first month. Passover is 15 days later. It is said seventy individuals went into Egypt to become slaves and we came out as one people.
Nisan celebrates becoming one people and meriting our redemption from Egypt. The first of Nisan is also a reminder to start adding fiber to our diet because all that matzoh we are about eat two weeks during Passover is going to be like cement in our intestines.
The last new year, the first of Elul, is the New Year for the tithing of cattle. The tithe for cattle had to be made from cattle born in the same fiscal year, between the first of Elul one year and the next.
The structure is called a Sukkah. My friend Eddie built his Sukkah from scratch using raw materials, kind of like the one below. During Sukkot we eat, entertain, and some even sleep in this structure. Personally my favorite part of the holiday is inviting over friends and hanging out in the Sukkah, It seems less pressured than when they come into the house and hang out.
It reminds us of the life of the ancient Israelites life, wandering in the wilderness for 40 years living in structures like this and arguing over whether or not Moses should stop at a gas station to ask for directions.
More importantly, existing in this kind of flimsy structure, reminds us of the frailty and transience of life and in the end, our necessary dependence on God. And whatever your religion or political affiliation, I am sure that you will agree that the world needs it!
In Temple times, the High Priest used to make 70 sacrifices during Sukkot, representing a prayer for each of the nations of the world. I would imagine that the five days before Sukkot was a period of prayer for 70 cows. By the way, do you want to know how many Jews light our Sukkahs?
Well the guy you see in the parking lot wheeling the extra-large shopping cart full of cases of Xmas lights is probably a Jew who bought them to light his Sukkah.
We also invite ancient Jewish figures, one different every night. Oh and the reason the five days after Yom Kippur are the the most dangerous days in the Jewish calendar? Generally Jews do not start preparing for any holiday before the previous one has ended.
This is doubly important when the holiday before is Yom Kippur when we are praying hard asking for forgiveness. On the five days after Yom Kippur Jews all across the world start building their Sukkahs. And for many of us like me the last time we picked up a tool or stepped on a ladder was the day we took down the Sukkah last year.
If you can you should peek out your window and observe your Jewish neighbor building their Sukkah—it is the construction equivalent of the Keystone Kops. Well except for my friend Eddie the Sukkah show-off. The once-a-year use of tools, ladders, etc. It is the time where most young Jewish children learn their curse words.
Have a Gut Yuntif a good holiday Advertisement.Thanksgiving, Succot, begins five yearss after Yom Kippur, and stopping points for eight yearss. The first two yearss are the most holy, during which most Jews do non work. Oct 03, · So I guess some can say Sukkot is the Jewish holiday that has the “Christmas Spirit.” Sukkot is a happy holiday it referred to in Hebrew as Yom Simchateinu (the day of our rejoicing) or Z.
The festival of Sukkot is one of the three great pilgrimage festivals (chaggim or regalim) of the Jewish year. When is Sukkot ? Click here to find out. Even so, Sukkot is a joyful holiday and justifiably referred to as zeman simchateynu, the “season of our joy.
The holiday of Sukkot revolves around two themes: the unity of the Jewish people and joy. This a direct result of our self-improvement on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Ask a Rabbi any questions you have on Holidays, Sukkot, Essays, the Jewish Religion|Learn about .
Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish holiday that comes five days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection G‑d provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. We celebrate Sukkot by dwelling in a foliage-covered booth (known as a.
Sukkot is a holiday intended for all of mankind, but when Sukkot is over, the Creator invites the Jewish people to stay for an extra day, for a more intimate celebration.
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are holidays on which work is not permitted.