Sukkot Prayer Guide 

As we celebrate Sukkot, please join us in dedicating these days to prayer. 

What is Sukkot? 

The Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites: The Festival of Booths[a] to the Lord begins on the fifteenth day of this seventh month and continues for seven days. There is to be a sacred assembly on the first day; you are not to do any daily work. You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the eighth day you are to hold a sacred assembly and present a fire offering to the Lord. It is a solemn gathering; you are not to do any daily work.

“These are the Lord’s appointed times that you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for presenting fire offerings to the Lord, burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its designated day. These are in addition to the offerings for the Lord’s Sabbaths, your gifts, all your vow offerings, and all your freewill offerings that you give to the Lord.

“You are to celebrate the Lord’s festival on the fifteenth day of the seventh month for seven days after you have gathered the produce of the land. There will be complete rest on the first day and complete rest on the eighth day. On the first day you are to take the product of majestic trees—palm fronds, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook—and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You are to celebrate it as a festival to the Lord seven days each year. This is a permanent statute for you throughout your generations; you must celebrate it in the seventh month. You are to live in booths for seven days. All the native-born of Israel must live in booths, so that your generations may know that I made the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God.” So Moses declared the Lord’s appointed times to the Israelites.
— Leviticus 23:33-44

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! 

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