What is a Sukkah?
What sukkot means in Hebrew is "booths'' or "huts", which are built by Jews during the fittingly-named holiday of Sukkot (link to What is Sukkkot). A sukkah is walled structure covered with schach (plant material, such as bamboo or palm leaves). A sukkah or sukka (singular of sukkot) is the name of the temporary dwelling in which farmers would live during harvesting, reinforcing agricultural significance of the holiday introduced in the Book of Exodus. As stated in Leviticus, it is also reminiscent of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelled during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt.
Building and decorating a Sukkah (link to Building a Sukkah blog) is a fun and meaningful activity for the whole family before the Sukkot holiday! Throughout the holiday, all meals are eaten inside the sukkah and many people sleep there as well. Observant Jews are particularly scrupulous about the law of eating in the sukkah and will not eat anything outside of the sukkah throughout the holiday.
On each day of Sukkot it is a mitzvah, or commandment, to perform a waving ceremony with the Lulav and Etrog (link to Lulav and Etrog), as well as to sit in the sukkah during the holiday. Prepare for the Sukkot holiday and buy your sukkah at the Sukkah Store now!
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Sukkot 2023 will begin in the evening of Friday, September 29th, and end in the evening of Friday, October 6th.
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