Sukkot

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Celebrate Sukkot with our annual “Pizza in the Hut” event on Sunday, Sept. 27th at 2:00pm.  Fun for the whole family!

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See here for full schedule of Sukkot services and events.

The holiday of Sukkot begins on the 15th of Tishrei, five days after Yom Kippur.  There is a dual significance to Sukkot.  First it commemorates the forty days the Israelites wandered in the desert following the exodus from Egypt.  Throughout this period, the Jews lived in temporary shelters known as booths or Sukkot (plural for sukkah.)  These temporary shelters were covered with branches to keep out the elements.  Sukkot also celebrates the harvest festival in the Holy Land.

Unlike Yom Kippur which is a solemn holiday, Sukkot is a joyous one. During the seven days of Sukkot, Jews erect modern day versions of Sukkot that are decorated simply or elaborately with fruits, vegetables and other objects associated with the fall harvest.  Jewish families eat one or more meals in the sukkah. Synagogues also put up Sukkot where congregants gather to eat one or more meals.  Two special harvest symbols of the holiday are the etrog and the lulav.  The etrog is a lemon-like citrus fruit and the lulav is a combination of  palm, willow and myrtle branches held together by a woven palm branch.  Held separately in each hand, Jews recite a special prayer and then wave these symbols to the north, east, south and west as well as up and down.  This action signifies that one can find G-d in all directions.

Sukkot is followed on day 8 by Shemini Atzeret which marks the beginning of the rainy season in Israel.

Shemini Atzeret is followed on day 9 by Simchat Torah which marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings.  Simchat Torah is celebrated in the synagogue with lots of spirited singing and dancing.  Congregants joyfully carry the Torah scrolls around the sanctuary.  Following Simchat Torah, the cycle of Torah readings begins anew with the first chapter of Genesis.

Celebrate with us, more info here.

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