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SUKKOT

Sukkot 2022 / סוּכּוֹת 5783

Feast of Booths 🌿🍋

Sukkot for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on  and ends at nightfall on .

Lulav (date palm frond), hadass (myrtle), aravah (willow), and etrog (citron) on a red tablecloth

Sukkot (Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת, sukkōt, or sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a Biblical holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (late September to late October). It is one of the three biblically mandated festivals Shalosh regalim on which Jews were commanded to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.

The word sukkah best translates as “shelter” or “cover” and refers to the space where we spend as much time as possible during the holiday of Sukkot.

It Commemorates the Exodus

Scripture tells us to dwell in the sukkah so that “Your [ensuing] generations should know that I had the children of Israel live in shelters when I took them out of the land of Egypt.”1 What were these shelters? The Talmud tells us that they were the clouds of glory that encompassed the entire nation during their epic 40-year trek through the Sinai desert.2

1.

Leviticus 23:43.

2.

One of two traditions cited in the Talmud, Sukkah 11b.

Before enjoying a meal containing bread or cake in the sukkah, we bless the Lord  “Who sanctified us with His commandments, and instructed us to dwell in the sukkah.” And the first time we do it each season (typically on the first night of Sukkot), we also say the Shehecheyanu blessing, thanking G‑d for having brought us to this occasion.

Shehecheyanu Blessing

When eating in the sukkah for the first time this year, say the following blessing:

Bah-rookh ah-tah ah-doh-noi eh-loh-hay-noo meh-lekh hah-oh-lahm sheh-heh-kheh-yah-noo veh-kee-mah-noo ve-hig-ee-yah-noo liz-mahn hah-zeh

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִיעָנוּ לִזְמַן הַזֶּה

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