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The Start of Sukkot

Oct 12, 2011 10:58PM ● By Anonymous

Now, I still can't claim to be an expert. If we're being perfectly honest, I'm familiar at best.

What I do know that Sukkot is a joyful, eight-day Jewish holiday, and that, this year, it starts at sundown tonight.

Sukkot began in ancient Israel. During times of harvest, farmers would build little dwelling places—sukkoton the edges of their fields.

These days, celebrators still build a sukkah. Usually, sukkot are built in back yards, or in communal locations with the help of a synagogue. Now, families don't spend the entire holiday living in their sukkot, but it is common to eat at least one meal inside.

Another custom involves waving the lulav and the etrog. The lulav is made of two willow twigs, a palm frond, and three myrtle twigs. The etrov is a kind of citron (it's related to a lemon). The two are held together, and waved in the each of the four directions during the reciting of special blessings. Sometimes, they're waved up and down as well.

The lulav and the etrog are also brought to synagogue services on each morning of Sukkot.

But, like I said, I know a minimal amount about the holiday. There's a lot more to it than what I have above. For a more complete understanding, I'd suggest checking out this website. They explain Sukkot's beginning, how its observed, and even have fun things like recipes.

And, for all of you celebrating the holiday, chag sameach!