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23 November 2017 - 6 Kislev 5778 - ו' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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The Festival of Sukkot for all the family E-mail

The festival of Sukkot is a joyous occassion which is celebrated for seven days. The festival falls on 15 Tishrei, five days after Yom Kippur.

The festival has many other names such as the ‘Festival of Booths’, and is referenced in Book of Leviticus: “You will dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel shall dwell in booths.” (23:42). Also in the Book of Exodus (23:16) as the ‘Feast of Ingathering’. The holiday was also referred to as the ‘Season of our Rejoicing.’

Like the festivals of Pesach and Shavuot, Sukkot has a dual significance: historical and agricultural. Historically, Sukkot commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as Chag Ha-Asif (in Hebrew), the Festival of Ingathering. During Temple times, families would go to the Temple to offer thanks for their fall harvests.

Our main obligation during the festival is to build a Sukkah, a temporary hut where we traditionally eat and sleep. The Sukkah symbolises the temporary huts that our ancestors lived in during the forty years they wandered in the desert.

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