October 6, 2006, - 12:57 pm

The Jewish Holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles)

By Debbie Schlussel
Tonight is the start of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which lasts until the end of next week (7 days). I wish all my Jewish friends and readers a Happpy Sukkot. (I’ll still be posting regularly, next week.)
To all of my readers, in case you were wondering, Sukkot is of the three Jewish harvest festivals. It is a cool holiday because you build a temporary hut behind your house and eat all of your meals in it. Kids love it. And so do I. Here’s more from my Sukkot entry, last year:

The holiday involves the building of a temporary hut (called a “Sukkah”), covered with leaves, outside of your dwelling, and eating your meals in it to commemorate the temporary dwellings of the Jews wandering in the desert. (Some people even sleep in them. Not me, though.)

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Various Versions of Sukkahs

It is actually a very fun holiday, and kids go visiting the huts around the neighborhood for candy and treats in a sort of Jewish version of Halloween trick-or-treat (no costumes, though–or tricks). Kids also participate in decorating the huts.

More on Sukkot (also called Sukkos, Succot, Succos, etc.) here, here, and here.

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3 Responses

My sukah will be my garage. It has cable, so I can watch football and basball playoffs. I have leftover gelt for any of the kids that come by.

Yiddish Steel on October 6, 2006 at 1:28 pm

That actually sounds really cool. Enjoy your holiday, Debbie.

Descent on October 6, 2006 at 1:43 pm

Have a good yontif

Ilan on October 6, 2006 at 6:20 pm

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