Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Sukkot, the Jewish
Feast of Tabernacles
Sept 20 : 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 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.
Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Sukkot!