September 26, 2007, - 3:57 pm

To My Readers: On the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles)

By Debbie Schlussel
To my friends and readers:
Tonight at sundown, the Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins (and ends next weekend – it lasts seven days). Therefore, in observing it for the next two days, I will be out of blog commission, but I have some things I’ve written ahead of time to be posted in the next two days, including my movie reviews on Friday. Stay tuned for those. I’ll be back full-time on Monday.

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Various Versions of Sukkahs/Sukkot

A bit about the holiday: Sukkot (also called Sukkos, Succos, or Succot) is called Tabernacles in English. It is one of the three Jewish harvest festival holidays, and we commemorate the Jews’ temporary existence (and temporary dwellings) in the Sinai desert. To do so, Jews build temporary huts (called “Sukkot” for plural) outside their homes. They decorate the Sukkah (singular of the word) and eat all meals there during the holiday. (My father used to sleep in it, too.) It is very fun for kids because they also visit other Sukkot in the neighborhood and get candy and other treats there, sort of like on Halloween.
I will miss the Sukkah my father built every year and the many decorations he put up. As I wrote before, my favorite was a laminated aerial photo of the Old City of Jerusalem with thick white tape covering up the mosque built atop the Temple Mount.
More on Sukkot here, here, and here.

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4 Responses

Hi Debbie,
I pray that the blessedness of this holiday which looks back to the time when your ancestors dwelt in nomadic dweelings in the dessert–but also looks forward to the day when G-d himself will dwell (tabernacle) among us in our midst–the curse of sin and death forever crushed at the greatest reunion ever–will be especially sweet and meaningful for you and your family.
I also pray that you will sense the presence of your dad with you as you celebrate this wonderful holiday!!
WE LOVE YOU!!!!

BB on September 26, 2007 at 5:58 pm

May its importance remain the same for you, even as from now on it won’t ever be the same.

Jeremiah on September 26, 2007 at 8:11 pm

Debbie, thank you for explaining what the Sukkot are. I used to be a meter reader in the DC metro area and would see these structures all the time in Montgomery County and I didn’t know what they were or represented.

Barry in CO on September 27, 2007 at 2:44 am

I meant to wish y’all a chag kasher v’sameyach earlier but lost the time to do so mostly to to the holiday preparations so there it is.
Love your blog entries as always but its time for a breather.

Jew Chick on September 29, 2007 at 8:32 pm

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