Sukkot is a Jewish festival in which Jews live and eat in huts called Sukkahs to represent the huts they lived in during the 40 years in the wilderness.

193 Questions

What are Hanukkah Purim Pesach and Sukkot?

These are four Jewish holidays.

Purim takes place on the 14th of Adar which normally falls some time in March or April. This holiday is when we read the book of Esther. It is a joyous holiday where everyone dresses up in costume, people give gifts of cookies, sweets, and fruit, carnivals are held, and adults are supposed to get tipsy.

Pesach takes place on the 15th to 22nd of Nisan, again some time in March or April. This holiday is when we read the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt. The first night in Israel and the first 2 nights outside of Israel are observed with a religious service called a 'seder' that is held in the home. No leavened products are eaten during the whole of this holiday.

Sukkot takes place on the 15th to 20th of Tishrei, some time in September or October. This holiday is in remembrance of HaShem's protection during our 40 years in the desert. It's celebrated by constructing a 4 walled temporary shelter outdoors called a 'sukkah', at least 2 of the walls must be temporary and we should be able to see the sky through the roof. At a minimum, all meals should be eaten in the sukkah and where climate permits, people will also sleep in it.

Hanukkah takes place on the 25th of Kislev to the 3rd of Tevet, either the end of November or some time in December. Hanukkah is when we remember our victory over invaders who attempted our forced assimilation and is one of the least of the various holidays. It's celebrated by lighting candles each night of the holiday, starting with one plus a helper and adding an additional candle each night. Traditionally, foods cooked in oil and dairy foods are eating. The best known foods eaten during this holiday are potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiyot (jam buster doughnuts).

What does Sukkot mean in Hebrew?

Sukkot means either booths or tabernacles.

It's also the name of a holiday in which Jews build a Sukkah (sukkot is plural) ... and depending on your tradition --eat, sit, and/or sleep inside it.

What is the history of Sukkot?

the history of sukkot is that when the sons of israel were traveling in the dessert, they lived in huts that are called sukkohs. also during the harvest they had to build houses like sukkahs while they are collecting the harvest. i know this cuz i go to a Jewish day school and I'm studying this in class, well was studying this in class.

What can people learn from sukkot?

1) To remember God's protection of the Israelites in the wilderness (as alluded to in Leviticus 23:43)

2) To remember that one's home is not his protector; his protector is God (that's one reason we leave the comforts of home during Sukkot)

3) To pray to God for rain (Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 16a).

What are Jewish sukkahs made of?

The walls may be made of anything sturdy; some even use cloth stretched tight, while some are stringent and use wood. The canopy is plant material, such as reeds, bamboo, branches and the like.

How do you build a succah?

There are many styles and many ways. Basically it is a little house, with foliage instead of a roof; and it depends on your choice, your abilities and availability of materials.

Below this box there are some links in 'Related Links' that might provide helpful options and information.

What makes an etrog kosher?

An etrog (Hebrew: אֶתְרוֹג‎, a type of citrus fruit, usually pronounced "esrog") needs to be larger than a hen's egg, preferably large enough to fit comfortably into one hand. Larger etrogim (plural), which can be held with two hands, are kosher but are considered less desirable. Perfectly round etrogim are not kosher, but there are different opinions on the ideal shape - some prefer a straight-edged etrog, others prefer them with a "gartel" - shaped as though they have a belt (the "gartel" worn by Chassidic and Charedic Jews) around the middle. Slightly bent etrogim can be kosher but are not considered as desirable.

What is Sukkot?

Sukkot is a Jewish holiday, celebrated for 7 days beginning on the 15th day of Tishrei ending on the 21st of Tishrei.

Inside Israel, the 1st day is a major holiday where work is prohibited by the Torah. Outside of Israel, work is prohibited during the first 2 days. The remaining days are called 'Chol Hamoed' (the days between the holy day(s) of Sukkot and the holy days of the next holiday that starts the day after Sukkot ends). During chol hamoed, work restrictions are far less.

Sukkot has two aspects to its celebration. One is the celebration of the ingathering of harvested grain.

The spiritual aspect celebrates the Divine protection afforded to the Israelites during their 40 years in the wilderness after leaving Egypt. The name 'Sukkah' refers to the shelter provided by the Clouds of Glory.

During Sukkot, Jews eat all their meals in outdoor arbor-canopied booths (Sukkah) as commanded in the Torah. Some also sleep in the Sukkah. During the morning prayers on these days, we take the 4 minim consisting of a Lulav (young palm branch), an Etrog (Citrus Medica; citron), three Haddassim (Myrtle branches) and two Aravot (willow branches).

What is the purpose of the tabernacle?

For the Jews to serve God and for God to have a place in which to dwell among them.

Why do Jews give out fruit baskets during sukkot?

Sukkot is a time of thanksgiving for the bounty of nature as the harvest season draws to a close. It is a festive time in which Jews celebrate by building a sukkah, a simple outdoor structure and garnishing it with garlands of fruits and hung vegetables. Foods made with fruits and nuts, particularly if they are native or indigenous to where you live - symbolize the harvest abundance. How lovely.

How is Sukkot celebrated?

  • We dwell in Sukkot (foliage-covered booths), and have festive meals there.
  • We say special prayers, including prayers for rain.
  • We wave the four species, to symbolize the upcoming rainy season (palm branch, citron, willow, myrtle).
  • On the last day, we complete the yearly cycle of reading the whole Torah, and we dance with the Torah-scrolls.
Sukkot is commanded in the Torah (Leviticus ch.23). It commemorates the protection which God gave us in the wilderness, and it gives thanks for the annual ingathering of grain. It also marks the beginning of mentioning the rainy season in our prayers.

Why was the tabernacle built?

The Tabernacle was built as a temporary place for God to interface directly with his chosen people, the Hebrews, until a more permanent Temple could be built. In short, a less-expensive, more portable version of the Temple that was eventually built in Jerusalem (they served the same purpose).

Can you buy a sukkah already made?

Yes, these are available, though some assembly is usually required. Another option is to pay a couple of guys to build your sukkah.

When did sukkot start?

Sukkot has started on the 15th of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar

each year for the past 3,000 years more or less.

In 2011, that date will coincide with sunset on the evening of October 12.

What happens during Sukkot?

People sleep in the sukkah and eat a feast with blessings on sabbath!!!

What do the lulav and etrog symbolise?

The lulav symbolizes our spine, and the etrog symbolizes our heart. In kabala, the lulav is the sephirah of Yesod, and the etrog is the sephirah of Malchut.

How many days is Sukkot celebrated?

Sukkot is a week long festival. The festival actually last 8-9 days because Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are tacked on.

Do Jews fast at sukkot?

Jews do not fast on Sukkot. In fact, fasting is prohibited since Sukkot is a joyful holiday. Although joy is an aspect in every Jewish holiday, Sukkot was specifically singled out by the Bible as a joyous holiday: Deuteronomy (16: 14-15) says, "you will be altogether joyful."

What blessing do you say after sukkot?

Many people are saying to each other "Have a good winter".

The reason for that is that the end of Sukkot (after the 8th day) sybolizes the official start of the winter season and the next holiday from the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, known as the Shlosha Regalim, is Passover which always falls in the Spring (March or April). Therefore this blessing forms kind of a bridge between Sukkot and Passover.

How is a succah used?

We dwell in the Sukkah (foliage-covered booth), and have festive meals there. See Leviticus ch.23.

How do you decorate your Sukkah?

There are no specific requirements for decorating a sukkah.

Why is Sukkot celebrated?

Sukkhot is celebrated because it is a time to remember and celebrate the time when the Israelites were travelling through the wilderness for 40 years, with God's protection. In Sukkot, to feel what the Israelites felt, Jews have to sleep for a week in the shelter that the Israelites slept in, a sukkah which is basically a little shelter with enough room to eat a meal in it and even sleep in it. It may be decorated with flowers, posters, cards, wine, fruits, etc. The foliage over the Sukkah should be thin enough to see the stars.


Sukkot is important because it was commanded by God (Leviticus ch.23). It commemorates the protection which God gave us in the wilderness, and it gives thanks for the annual ingathering of grain. It also marks the beginning of mentioning the rainy season in our prayers.

Why is Sukkoth celebrated?

It is celebrated by Jews because of the command in Leviticus ch.23; and a reason is given there. Sukkot commemorates God having protected us in the wilderness, and it is also for thanking God for the harvest, and for praying for rain.

What religion is the Feast of Tabernacles?


The Feast of Tabernacles isn't a religion. It is one of the annual Holy Day high day Sabbaths of our Creator that pictures one of the phases of His plan for man's salvation and the restoration of His Kingdom to the earth.

Like the other seven annual Sabbath feasts of God... they are all "Christ-centered." The Feast of Tabernacles is a prophetic picture of the "thousand year rule of Christ on the earth."

In the world in this age, however, you would find the Jews observing it... and only a rare few professing Christian believers who understand the prophetic significance of them.

Ironically, the Jews, who reject Christ, keep it in ignorance... and mainstream Christianity rejects it, believing it to be "Jewish."

But, in Truth... the annual Holy Day Sabbaths aren't the Jews' or Christians'. They are listed in the Bible in Leviticus 23. And the Lord God Creator of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ (John 1:3 & 10), says: "...THESE ARE MY FEASTS." (Lev.23:2)

Further prophecy of Jesus' return reveals that the very first edict Jesus Christ, the King of kings, and Lord of lords will decree, is that ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD keep the Feast of Tabernacles each year during His thousand year rule on earth:

"...and the Lord shall be King over all the earth, in that day shall there be One Lord, and His name One... and it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles." (Zech.14:9 & 16-18)

What is a sukkah?

It is a temporary "house" that you are supposed to be in as much as you can for a week.