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Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

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Yom Rishon, 3 Sivan 5777

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Sukkot

Every Sukkot at Temple Emanuel begins with a community wide mitzvah of building the Sukkah on the front lawn.  Led by Brotherhood, this enjoyable mitzvah is accomplished in a few hours, with decorations provided by our talented Religious School students.  Our Sukkot festivities will continue with a family-friendly festive potluck vegetarian/dairy meal in the Sukkah, and many of our classes and services will be held in the Sukkah for the duration of Sukkot.

 

Sukkot 2009 Pic 01Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of Tishrei and is marked by several distinct traditions.

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One tradition, which takes the commandment to "dwell in booths" literally, is to build a sukkah, a booth or hut. A sukkah is often erected by Jews during this festival, and it is common practice for some to eat and even live in these temporary dwellings during Sukkot.

 

Read more about the history and customs of Sukkot. 

 

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Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning booths or huts

in Sukkot
Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, as well as the commemoration of the forty years of Jewish wandering in the desert after Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom…