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What Sukkot Is All About

Aug 6, 2008
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Sukkot, Hebrew for huts or booths, is a holiday that celebrates the harvest of summer's crops. Harvest holidays are common to nearly all cultures, ancient and modern, religious and secular, with the purpose of looking back on the season's hard work with pride and celebrating the results in the form of feasts and other joyous festivities.

Sukkot is a seven-day observance set into motion with the construction of a sukkah, a shaky tent made of whatever supplies are available with a roof that allows the stars to be seen. It is this interesting custom that begets the holiday's name. In some places, Jews begin building a sukkah immediately after returning from the services of Yom Kippur.

In olden times, a sukkah was a farmer's home away from home during the long days of planting, caring for, then gathering the crops. It is out of respect for the traditions of the past that Jews continue to build the huts and rejoice over the harvest as their forefathers did long ago.

Though the Torah instructs Jews to live in their huts throughout the holiday, the modern lifestyle to which we are accustomed makes that practice difficult. Whereas some actually do move into their sukkah, many Jews eat their meals under the stars to commemorate the meaning of the holiday.

Even if the time spent inside the hut is very short, the efforts invested into constructing and decorating it are a special part of the holiday experience. For those who do not build their own, most synagogues have a communal sukkah for the congregants to use during the holiday.

Try your hand at building a sukkah: make it a festive place by hanging pictures on the walls, placing vines and flowers into the cracks of the walls, setting a table full of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and having friends and family join you for a traditional meal under the gaze of the night sky.

There are also four different kind of plants used in the holiday's religious services to mark the variety of the harvest. The citron, a fruit that resembles a lemon, and a branch each of a palm tree, myrtle, and willow are represented in the assortment. In some services, congregants parade around the synagogue with the citron and branches in hand.

I must send hundreds of free e-cards each year, and millions of others also send free e-cards. Because of this it will soon be uncommon not to receive at least one free e-card a year.

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Andrew Gibson is MD of Greeting-Cards.com. It has thousands of free ecards to choose from for birthdays and all occasions. Many people now send Free e-cards to celebrate Sukkot and select them from http://www.Greeting-Cards.com
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