Hagh HaSukkot

What is Hagh HaSukkot about?

Hagh HaSukkot is a festival where we dwell in temporary shelters for seven days.  Like Passover and Hagh HaShavu`ot, Hagh HaSukkot has a dual significance: historical and agricultural. The holiday commemorates the forty-year period the children of Israel wandered in the desert, living in temporary shelters. Hagh HaSukkot is also a harvest festival, and is a time when the crops are gathered for the harvest season.

Shemini ‘Aseret begins in the evening at the end of the last day of Hagh HaSukkot.

What do you do for Hagh HaSukkot?

For Hagh HaSukkot, we are commanded to dwell in temporary shelters (a sukkah) for seven days. The word "Sukkot" means "arbor-booths," and refers to the temporary dwellings that we are commanded to live in during this holiday.

In honor of the holiday's historical significance, the commandment to "dwell" in a sukkah means we live in the sukkah as much as possible, including sleeping and eating in it.


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