October 2, 2009, - 1:12 pm
To my friends and readers:
Tonight at sundown, the Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins (and ends next week–it lasts seven days). I’ll still be here posting stuff, again, on Monday, so no interruption here because of it.
Here’s some information about this great, fun holiday, from a previous post:
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), while wandering in the Sinai desert [and subject to the will of G-d and the weather conditions imposed by Him].
Various Versions of Sukkahs/Sukkot
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 help decorate the sukkah, and also visit other Sukkot in the neighborhood, eating candy and other treats there, sort of like on Halloween (but no tricks or treats, and it’s way more spiritual).
It’s a very nature-oriented/outdoorsy holiday: At night, you have to be able to see the stars through the leaves and branches that compose the roof. And many of the traditional decorations are gourds and colored, dried corn.
I miss the Sukkah my father constructed and built every year and the many decorations he put up. As I’ve written before, my favorite was a giant laminated aerial photo of the Old City of Jerusalem with thick white tape my dad affixed to cover up the mosque improperly and illegally built atop the Jewish Temple Mount. I also loved seeing the American and Israeli flags my dad put on the walls of our Sukkah.
Some friends of mine invited me for meals in their Sukkot for the next few days. And I’m looking forward to it.
Tags: Jewish Holidays, Jewish huts, Succos, Succot, Sukkos, Sukkot, Tabernacles