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This year, Sukkos begins September 24th at night and runs through October 3rd. Sukkos celebrates the time the Jews lived in the desert after leaving Egypt. The desert is full of snakes, scorpions, and wild animals. However, G-d protected the Jewish people with seven Clouds of Glory. During the holiday, we live in booths (sukkos) to remember these Clouds of Glory and to show our faith in G-d's constant protection.

  • The roof of the Sukkah is covered with a layer of plants, called S'chach. You can use any plant that's not attached to the ground.

  • The Sukkah symbolizes the time of Moshiach, when every one, Jew and non-Jew, will dwell together in peace.

  • Besides the Sukkah, we also make a blessing over 4 types of plants that grow near water: The Lulav (palm), Esrog (citron), Hadassim (myrtles) and Aravos (willows). Just as we need all the species to perform the mitzvah, so too, the Nation of Israel needs every Jew to be complete!


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