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Sukkot falls in the Hebrew calendar dates of 15-22 Tishrei.

  • Sukkot (translated as "booths") is the fall harvest festival that commemorates the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert on their way out of Egypt to the Promised Land. As the name suggests, we build a sukkah (Sukkot plural), a small, temporary booth or hut used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining, and even sleeping! Our sukkot have open walls and open doors to allow us to contemplate our relationship with nature and also to encourage us to invite family, friends, neighbors, and the community to rejoice, eat, and share what we have with each other. 

  • We also bring together four plants, called the lulav, and shake them to symbolize the changing seasons and the coming of the colder, rainy season in Israel and fall and winter in Massachusetts.

  • Customs here at Temple Tiferet Shalom include:

    • Decorating a sukkah outside the Temple

    • A Yizkor (memorial) service on the seventh day

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