October 2, 2009, - 1:12 pm

Sukkot (Tabernacles) Begins Tonight

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

More on Sukkot here, here, and here.

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15 Responses

For the upper Midwest, the weather doesn’t look good for the up and coming week; but, at least the mosquitoes won’t be an issue.

Rick on October 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Between you and Hank Dagny, I was able to get my coffee down in the morning. Now that Hank is gone, that won’t be to easy anymore.
Any comments on Hank?

john dorda on October 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Why do Jews in the media try to force multi-culturism on every one but don’t practice it themselves? Why are they hipocrites?

NAJF: Why do anti-Semites everywhere try to force their hate and delusions on every one else and do practice it themselves? Are they insane? Or just morons? Take note of whose name appears atop this site. It’s my site. I don’t put a gun to your sick head to read it, and yet you have a weird unrequited obsession with me. If you don’t want me to note my religion, then get the heck off my site. No one is forcing you to do anything or pushing any multi-culturalism . . . including taking your meds, unfortunately. DS/Not A Nutjob Fan

Not A Jew Fan on October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Your name shows what you are. Au contraire: ‘Jews in the media” as you call them, are assimilated and know very little about Judaism. Shame on you for your bigotry.

    JulieJ on October 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Dear “Not a Jew Fan”:

    Everything of value that matters came from the Jews. It’s difficult for your to accept it.

    I suggest you spend your time with your face on the ground your butt pointed in the air toward Mecca asking Allah to admit he’s nothing but a LIAR and demanding that he kiss your butt.

    goldenmike4393 on October 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm

There are now available pre-fabricated Sukkah. If you don’t have time to build your own you can buy one and set it up in a few minutes. The typical place to set one up is in one’s backyard but it can be placed on a balcony or even on the front lawn or carport!

The idea behind the holiday is the Jew should trust G-d for protection from the hardships of life since one’s only true shelter is G-d in Heaven.

NormanF on October 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Not a Jew Fan, Jews don’t actively seek converts or force others to follow their faith. Debbie is proud of being a Jew. Its not an easy thing to in a pre-dominantly non-Jewish society. In Israel, she would be accepted without question since nearly every one shares the same Jewish faith. Its worth noting in passing that even Jews otherwise distant from Judaism show respect to two major Jewish holidays: Pesach and Yom Kippur. My father was not a frum Jew and not at all observant but even he kept the major holidays. I learned from him there was one thing in life he would never renounce and that was being a Jew. I miss my Dad very much and he taught me to take pride in one’s heritage and in one’s beliefs. Judaism is a wonderful religion and not at all inferior to Christianity. I see nothing wrong with Debbie wanting to share what it means to her with her readers.

NormanF on October 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Hey ‘Not a Jew Fan’
If you feel that way, why the hell don’t you get of this blog. You don’t HAVE to read what she has to say about our holidays.

Not Ovenready on October 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm

It also represents our temporary time on earth as our body is a temporary structure. Our soul will some day Tabernacle with G-d. I think.

David Joseph on October 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Davud Joseph:

    My very favorite study is that of the tabernacle in the wilderness.

    1. every detail of the tabernacle was designed by God Himself! God is the architect of record for the tabernacle.

    2. In Exodus 25:40, God said to Moses while he was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments and getting the blue prints for the tabernacle …”And see to it that you make them (every article in the tabernacle) according to the pattern which was shown to you on the mountain.”

    3. Christians believe as follows: Hebrews 8:5 “who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For God said, See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Christians believe the tabernacle in the wilderness is identical to the one in heaven.

    God gave one chapter to the story of the creation. God gave one chapter to the Ten Commandments. God gives 50 chapters to the Pentetuch and Hewbrews to the tabernacle because every type of metal, every piece of gurniture, every rod, every colord… is a revelation of Messiah.

    goldenmike4393 on October 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thanks to you, Debbie. I’ve learned so much about Jewish tradition and faith from your blog. Shame some asshat has to come on here and spoil it for the rest of us. Love your work, keep it up!

ProudinNC on October 2, 2009 at 9:39 pm

It’s pretty obvious, Debbie’s not pushing her religious beleifs on anybody here, just sharing. It’s the internet for Pete’s sake, just skip the story and move on! It’s that simple, stupid (aka. Not A Jew Fan) Personally, I like reading posts like these. I’d rather get this kind of info from the real source than some self proclaimed would-be experts. Knowing more about various cultures history and traditions lets us make up our own mind about others instead of following some up-and-coming ‘small minded would be dictator’s’ teachings. If good people knew more, this world would be a much better place to live in. I beleive that the world’s problems are brought on not just by hate, greed and downwright stupidity but also by ignorance. Just look at history.

theShadow on October 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm

maybey that should have read “but ‘mostly’ ignorance”…people should know better, especially in this day and age.

theShadow on October 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Doug, read:

Jewish liberalism and American exceptionalism

Shy Guy on October 4, 2009 at 4:22 am

It’s the 16% of Jews who do get it! We believe in G-d not the chosen one. My birthday is the second day of Sukkot. Thanks for sharing the holiday memories. Semper Fi

Stoney on October 5, 2009 at 5:56 am

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