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Sukkot is an eight day festival that celebrates the harvest season. It begins on the 15th of Tishrei (September/October) and ends on the 25th of Tammuz (June). The main observance takes place during the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls between late September and early October.

The History of Sukkot

Sukkot was originally celebrated by the Israelites as a thanksgiving for surviving the Exodus from Egypt. However, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of God’s care for his people.

What Is a Sukkah?

A sukkah (pronounced “SOO-kah”) is a temporary structure used during the festival of Sukkot. It is traditionally made out of branches and leaves, although some people use other materials such as cardboard boxes or plastic sheets.

Why Build a Sukkah? (and other questions)

There are several reasons why Jews build a sukkah. One reason is because it reminds them of Israel’s wilderness wanderings. Another reason is because it symbolizes the temporary nature of life. And finally, it represents the hope of redemption.

How to Build a Sukkah

A sukkah is a small hut made out of branches and leaves. It is usually covered with a cloth roof called a “tabernacle” and has four walls. The walls should be at least three feet high so that no rain gets inside. You can make a sukkah by yourself or hire an expert to do it for you.

Sukkot Decorating Tips

If you decide to build your own sukkah, there are some things you need to consider before doing so. First, you will need to find a location where you can put up your sukkah. This might mean finding a spot near a window or balcony. Second, you will need to gather materials such as twigs, straw, and other natural materials. Third, you will need to prepare the space where you plan to put up your sukkahs. Fourth, you will need to cover the structure with a tabernacle. Finally, you will need to the sukkah decoration.

sukkoth at the kotel
Artwork by Alex Levin.

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