How to Observe Sukkot

Sukkot, also known as  ’The Feast of Tabernacles,” is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei. Sukkot is considered a Festival of Rejoicing. It is during this time that Jews remember the Israelites who wandered through the Sinai desert for forty years. Sukkot is a time to celebrate and be thankful for everything that God has provided us.

  1. Build a Sukkah with your family. A Sukkah is a hut which replicates the type of dwellings that the Israelites lived in during their 40-year journey to the promised land. It should be large enough for your family. Any material can be used except for the roof which should be made with materials produced by the land (tree branches, corn stalks, bamboo reeds). You can also buy an assembled Sukkah online.
  2. Decorating your Sukkah is an opportunity to bond with your family. You can hang paper cutouts, pictures, or anything that you or your kids want to create. You can also go traditional and hang pumpkins, corns and other fruits and vegetables.
  3. Make a lulav and etrog. A lulav consists of palm leaf, willow branches and myrtle branches tied together. An etrog is a yellow citrus fruit. Hold the lulav in your right hand and the etrog in your left, then wave them appropriately. This is done to acknowledge that God is present everywhere.
  4. Spend as much time as possible in your Sukkah. Eat your meals there. You can also sleep inside the Sukkah at night if you want to.
  5. Prepare traditional Sukkot food. Stuffed foods are usually served on Sukkot. You can prepare stuffed vegetables, stuffed fruits and pies.
  6. Sing songs, share stories, smile and be positive. The Torah commands everyone to be happy during Sukkot.

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