Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sukkot at Congregation Or Shalom

Sukkot is the Festival of the Booths in Judaism.  It's a long tradition that began in Israel when the Jews would build little huts near the edges of their fields in the harvest season.  It celebrates the harvest and comes a mere four days after Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.  These photos of a sukkah were taken at Congregation Or Shalom in Orange.  

Lulav and Etrog (above and below)

"On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before Adonai your God seven days."  "The first day" refers to the first day of Sukkot.
The four are lumped together under the inclusive term lulav, since the lulav is the largest and most prominent. Thus, while the mitzvah is to wave the lulav, this actually refers to the four taken together as one.
"Fruit of goodly trees" refers to the etrog (citron). "Branches of palm trees" refers to the lulav. "Boughs of leafy trees" refers to the myrtle (hadasim). "Willows of the brook" refers to the aravot or hoshanot.*

Covering the Challah

This little sukkah was the one I helped build the year I lived in Israel.  I arrived on October 1st and lived on moshav Kisalon, right outside of Jerusalem with a friend and her children for a month before moving into Jerusalem.   This is Yasmin who is now about 12 years old!!!  )-8  Below is the sukkah from Kibbutz Tzuba.
Photos from Israel are not great, somewhere along the way they got compressed and I can't enlarge them satisfactorily.
*From My Jewish Learning website


  1. Wow Suzanne, you have more Sukkot pictures than I do! Did you go in the sukkah and shake the lulav in six directions?
    I really have to go around sukkah-hunting today.
    Fun to see the Hills in your Kisalon picture. Ah, the good old days ...

  2. Hi Dina! Yes I went in the sukkah but didn't shake the lulav. I attended the second day service (in the US they have it two days) and they did that in the sanctuary. And, since I wasn't part of the minion I couldn't! Would love to more from you, did you build one in Meitar? Yes, Kisalon, the good old days.

  3. Oof!

    Not many sukkahs here in Meitar. It's sure not Jerusalem.