Sukkot is a Hebrew word that translates into English as either “booths or “tabernacles.” The Jewish holiday of Sukkot is one of the three pilgrim festivals. Sukkot is known as Feast of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot is a Biblical pilgrimage festival that takes place in the autumn around late September to late October. In 2008, Sukkot will be celebrated staring at sunset on October 13th and ending on October 20th at sunset. Sukkot is a Jewish holiday that lasts for seven days and on each of these seven days, the Torah requires Jews to take four kinds of plants and to grasp and to shake them in a particular manner. These types of plants are called the date palm frond, the bough of a myrtle tree, a willow branch, and a lemon like citrus fruit. Most people use an actual lemon for the fourth kind of plant. These plants are generally sold in Jewish communities the week before Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles. Did you know that some rabbis believe that the four types of plants that are used for Sukkot are meant t6o reflect the four types of plants that grow in Israel? The four types of plants that grow in Israel are those plants that have a good taste and a pleasant fragrance, those plants that have a good taste and no fragrance, and plants that have a pleasant fragrance and no taste, and those plants that have neither taste nor any fragrance.
During the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Jews are supposed to make a temporary hut where they will eat there meals entertain guests, relax, and possibly sleep. The sukkah can be built out of any type of material, although the material that it is created out of should be strong. Therefore, a sukkah shouldn’t be made out of clay. Its roof must be built from any material and people must be able to see part of the sky through the roof of a sukkah. The inside of a sukkah can be either sparsely decorated or lavishly decorated. Please have a happy and bountiful Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot.