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What Is Sukkot and Why Is It Celebrated?

Sukkot is a one of the most joyous festivals in the Jewish calendar, and it has a lot to say to all of us. Commemorated this year from October 2 till October 9, it started as a festival of giving thanks for the autumn harvest. It also commemorates the 40 years Israelis spent wandering the desert after leaving slavery in Egypt. Sukkot is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on 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.  These are commonly used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining and even for sleeping.

It is so hard, sometimes, to notice all the blessings in our lives.  So, take some time with me, this week, to be grateful for the many blessings and good things in our lives.

May you be blessed this year,


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