Sukkot 2011

Everything you need to know to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

Sukkot begins at sunset on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Its celebration continues on Thursday, September 23, 2010, and lasts through sunset on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (when Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, the festivals that conclude Sukkot, begin). Reform communities celebrate Sukkot from sunset on October 12, 2011, until Tuesday, October 18, 2011.

What is Sukkot?

Sukkot is known as the “Festival of Tabernacles” or the “Feast of Booths.” It is one of the three Harvest Festivals in Judaism, along with Passover and Shavuot. During Sukkot, it is customary to construct and live in a temporary booth called a sukkah, with a ceiling made of special branches of leaves.

What are some Sukkot customs and practices?

In addition to building and spending time in a sukkah, there are other rituals for Sukkot. Every morning, we shake the lulav and etrog. In Temple times, Sukkot was also the time of the Water Drawing Ceremony.

•  Watch a funny episode about shopping for a lulav and etrog in Hasidic Brooklyn.`

•  Get a glimpse inside a Sukkot market in Israel.

What foods are traditionally eaten on Sukkot?

•  Sweet and Savory Stuffed Prunes
•  Stuffed Pumpkin
•  Stuffed Cabbage Rolls for Simchat Torah

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Sukkot Vocabulary

Key words and phrases for Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

History of Sukkot

Following on the heels of the High Holidays, the holiday of Sukkot represents a shift from somber reflection to joyous celebration, and from introspection to an outward display of thanks for the earth’s bounty.

Sukkot In the Community

How to celebrate this festive holiday.