Rejoicing In Huts

No sooner has the sun gone down on the solemn Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), than the sound of hammers can be heard as families throughout Israel construct temporary shelters for the week long Feast of Tabernacles (Hebrew: סוכות sukkot). These flimsy structures are roofed with branches often from the palm tree and decorated with harvest or biblical themes.

According to the book of Leviticus, this temporary hut or sukkah (Hebrew: סוכה‎) commemorates the time God provided for the people of Israel during their 40 years in the wilderness. In building their Sukkah, each family remembers that it is God who is the provider of their daily needs. The sukkah symbolizes the fragility and transience of life and our dependence on God, our provider. During the week of Sukkot (Tabernacles), Jewish people invite friends and neighbours to come and eat with them in their Sukkah, Some even sleep in their booth - the idea is to spend as much time in them as possible.

The Feast is a joyous occasion with much eating and rejoicing. To find out how to make a Sukkah and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles at home CLICK HERE

They come in all shapes and sizes - here are a few examples:

Ready to welcome guests - a Sukkah on a balcony
Children's Sukkah in Tel Aviv

Set up outside a restaurant for customers to eat in

Lit up and ready for the warm autumn evenings

Rustic country shelter

Apartment dwellers find communal spaces to sit their Sukkah

Squeezed into a small courtyard in Jerusalem

Love this creative entrance way

The whole family get involved...