The Jewish Holiday of Sukkot

What is Sukkot?

Observant Jews call this holiday, Succos. I call it 8 days of thanksgiving and praise to God for providing EVERYTHING necessary during the Jews’ wandering in the desert, and this just occurred September 23 – 30.

For your reading enjoyment, here is the Dictionary definition:

Suc·coth

so͞oˈkōt,ˈso͝okəs

noun: Sukkot

  • A major Jewish festival held in the autumn (beginning on the 15th day of Tishri) to commemorate the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness.
  • Sukkot, commonly translated as Feast of Tabernacles, traditional Ashkenazi pronunciation Sukkos or Succos; also known as Chag HaAsif, the Feast of Ingathering, is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month, Tishrei. Wikipedia

The observant Jews take the first two days and the last two days and designate them Yom Tov (meaning Sabbath days—meaning no electronics, batteries, electricity, no traveling by car, no “creating” anything in reverence to God’s “creating” the universe. Yes, this is the time when they unscrew the light bulb in the refrigerator, so when they open the door, they don’t “create” light. Some Jews don’t tie their shoe laces, because this would mean “creating” a knot.)

Prior to the start of the holiday, Jews build Sukkahs. This structure is where all meals are to be eaten and many take on the observance to sleep there every night of Succos.

suc·cah

so͞oˈkä,ˈso͝okə/

noun: sukkah

  • a temporary shelter covered in natural materials, built near a synagogue or house and used especially for meals during the Jewish festival of Succoth.

How humbling! Do I even take 8 consistent minutes to express my gratitude to God?

Heavenly Father, thank you thank you thank you for providing us with everything we need. Remind me to stop and praise you. Remind me to thank you – especially when my life is swept up in the swirling, crazy world we live in. You are the creator of the universe and of unconditional love. 

Thank you -- times 8!

Jill Maclay

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