Decorating the sukkah at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, Connecticut, 2014. (Courtesy of Hazon)

Sukkot 2017

All about the Feast of Booths.

When is Sukkot?

Sukkot 2017 begins at sunset on Wednesday, October 4 and lasts through the evening of Wednesday, October 11.

The conclusion of Sukkot marks the beginning of the separate holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

What is Sukkot?

Sukkot is known as the “Festival of Tabernacles” and the “Feast of Booths.” It is one of Judaism’s three central harvest festivals, along with Passover and Shavuot.

What are some Sukkot customs and practices?

It is traditional to build a Sukkah, a temporary hut to dwell in during the holiday.

It is the custom to buy a lulav and etrog and shake them daily throughout the festival.

In the times of the Temple, Sukkot was also the time of a water drawing ceremony, a wonderfully joyous and upbeat celebration.

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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 for Families

Creative tips for the happiest time of the year.