Did You Know? Countdown to Sukkot 2009 (09/30)


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

Sept 30 : 2 days till Sukkot

Did you know that in addition to its Biblical roots, Sukkot is also an agricultural holiday?

The festival praises and offers thanksgiving to G-d for the bounty of the fall harvest. Among the rituals of Sukkot is the daily waving of the lulav and etrog, or the “four species“, evoking joy over the final fruit harvest. The ritual is also symbolic of G-d’s divine rule over nature.

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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