The festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur.
Sukkot is the final Shalosh R’galim (three pilgrimage festivals) and has a dual significance historically and agriculturally. Historically, it marks the forty-year period when the children of Israel were wandering in the desert. Agriculturally, it is the harvest festival, sometimes referred to as Chag Ha-Asif, the Festival of Ingathering.
This holiday comes to us from the torah: “You shall dwell in booths seven days… that your generations may know that I made the Israelites dwell in booths… (Leviticus 23:4243.) The rational for living in booths is that we should never forget the journey that brought us to the prosperous times that we may enjoy.
Significance: Reminds us of the wandering in the desert; also a harvest festival
Observances: Building and “dwelling” in a booth; waving branches and a fruit during services
Length: 7 days
Date: September 23-30,2018