Sukkot Prayer Guide
As we celebrate Sukkot, please join us in dedicating these days to prayer.
What is Sukkot?
Chag Sameach! Happy Holiday!
Sukkot is an annual reminder of God’s provision during Israel’s 40-year wilderness sojourn. It is also known as the “Feast of Ingathering,” because it was observed after all crops had been harvested and gathered.
This feast occurs on the 15th day of Tishri, the 7th month (usually late September to mid-October), only 5 days after the solemn Day of Atonement. It lasts for 7 days (8 days outside of Israel). The 1st day and the day after Sukkot are considered sacred assemblies, or sabbaths (Lev. 23:36, 39). As such, no work of any kind is permitted on these.
The primary symbol of Sukkot is the sukkah or tabernacle. It recalls Israel’s hastily-built housing in the wilderness. As soon as Yom Kippur is past, booths are constructed in yards and patios of Jewish homes. The booths are made with at least three walls that are covered with intertwined branches.
The roofs are thatched so there is more shade than sunlight during the day, but sparsely enough to allow the stars to be seen at night. Inside they are decorated with colorful harvest fruits and vegetables.During the Feast of Tabernacles, Jewish families eat their meals in their sukkah, and the very observant even sleep in them. It's considered a good deed (mitzvah) to invite others into your sukkah.
Say “Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday) to wish someone a Happy Sukkot!