Did You Know? Countdown to Sukkot 2009 (09/29)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Sukkot, the Jewish
Feast of Tabernacles

Sept 29 : 3 days till Sukkot

Did you know that the Jewish festival of Sukkot is known in English as the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles?

The holiday is named after the impermanent hut-like structures (sukkot) that Moses and Israelites built and lived in as they wandered in the desert for 40 years — after leaving Egypt before reaching the Promised Land.

Sukkot is a jubilant celebration, known as Chag Ha’Sukkot or Feast of the Booths, which falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, just 5 days after the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

On Sukkot, Jewish families build their sukkah, or hut, in which they eat and sleep for the duration of the holiday. Recalling the impermanent structures that the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land, Sukkot also has an agricultural significance: celebrating the conclusion of the fall harvest.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Sukkot! Sukkot begins Friday October 02nd at sundown. So stop by again tomorrow.

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