MembersSpecial Sukkot Customs From Across the Globe

Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, is celebrated in about as many ways as there are Jewish communities around the world

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot
Students from the Orot Etzion school decorate a sukkah at the Oz veGaon Nature Preserve near the Gush Etzion junction for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Photo: Gershon Elinson/Flash90

As we speak, Jews across the world are preparing to celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish Harvest Festival, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles. For 40 years, our ancestors traveled in the desert before reaching the Holy Land. They lived off a unique Manna that came down from the sky, were protected by a special cloud, and resided in tents. They completely depended upon G-d for their survival, like all people that live in the wilderness.

It is part of the Jewish tradition to start off the Jewish New Year celebrating a Harvest festival known as Sukkot by living in a temporary building known as a sukkah, at least to eat and for some even to sleep in. It is also part of the Jewish religion to recite a special blessing over the Four Species that includes a lulav, an etrog, myrtle branches and willow branches that represents different types of Jews. It is considered a time of joy, and when the Temple stood in Jerusalem, there were all-day festivities in honor of this important holiday.

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