Mon, October 17, 2016

Sukkot or Feast of the Tabernacles or Feast of Booths or Feast of Ingathering 

Sukkot begins 5 days after Yom Kippur. It is a seven-day period when Jewish people recall God's faithfulness and provision through their forty-year period of wandering int he wilderness. They remember God's provision of food, water, shelter, clothing, guidance, light, and heat during the wilderness years. During this week, each Jewish family lives in a small temporary dwelling or booth covered with branches. At night they look up at the stars and recall God's promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in heaven. Many families start building and decorating their "succah" right after Yom Kippur, in their back yards or on their balconies. They spend as much time there as possible and taking the evening meal under the leafy roof and stars.