Judaism: Sukkot – Festival of Booths

September 23

Sukkot, which means, “festival of booths,” recalls the make-shift dwellings of the Israelites when they wandered in the desert after the exodus from Egypt and after they received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. It is a time to give thanks for the fall harvest, and to remember G-d’s faithfulness to the Israelites when they lived in the desert. Sukkot is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice.

This year, the Jewish festival of Thanksgiving, Sukkot, runs from the evening of September 20 to the evening of September 27. 

“One, which takes the commandment to dwell in booths literally, is to erect a sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut. Sukkot (in this case, the plural of sukkah) are commonly used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining and even for sleeping.”

Our sukkot have open walls and open doors, and this encourages us to welcome as many people as we can. We invite family, friends, neighbors, and community to rejoice, eat, and share what we have with each other.”