Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts,” refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. It also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of Tishrei, and is marked by several distinct traditions. 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.
Sukkot, also called Z’man Simchateinu (Season of Our Rejoicing), is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice. A final name for Sukkot is Chag HaAsif, (Festival of the Ingathering), representing a time to give thanks for the bounty of the earth during the fall harvest.
The Festival of Booths is a week-long festival that falls 5 days after Yom Kippur. It is a joyous festival and a welcome change of religious pace following the solemn days of prayer and introspection. The mitzvot for Sukkot are building and eating in the sukkah.
The holiday of Sukkot will be observed this year starting on Friday, October 2, 2020.
Harvest Against Hunger Food Drive - Collecting between September 23-October 9
During this High Holy Days Season Temple Beth Ami will continue our long-standing Jewish tradition of FEEDING THE HUNGRY by collecting healthy food for Manna Food Center, Montgomery County’s designated food bank.
Your donations will help restock the shelves, helping Manna provide food to over 43,000 hungry people in our community. Click below to find out more information.