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The Biblical holiday Sukkot (Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a mandated festivals when Hebrews were required to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Feast of Booths is observed on the 15th day of Tishrei, when using the Hebrew calendar. Sukkot last for a total of seven days. The holiday is named for the dwellings the Israelites lived in during the 40 years of desert travel after their escape from Egyptian slavery. A structure is covered with tree overgrowth or palm leaves known as skhakh and during the holiday of Sukkot, Jews will take meals and often sleep within the sukkah. Due to the time of year that Sukkot occurs, it is often celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. Sukkot is now considered one of the most important holidays in Judaism and because of its popularity; state ceremonies take place at this time. The first day of Sukkot involves holiday meals and special prayer services. The following five days are known as festive weekdays (Chol) and the seventh day is called Hoshana Rabbah.

The Sukkot observation will include reading of the Toraj each day, adding special additions to the Amidah and Grace after Meals, reciting Hallel and the Mussaf. Rituals involving the Four Species also occur. This is done by members of the congregation who carry their Four species and recited Psalm 118:25 while walking around the synagogue. Some communities will recite the ushpizin prayer which welcomes seven guests. Seven male members of the synagogue will represent one of the shepherds from Israel: Joseph, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses, Aaron and David. Recently, seven females have been selected to join the seven men. The women represent: Ruth, Sarah, Esther, Rebecca, Miriam, Rachel, and Leah. Hoshana Rabbah includes special prayers.

Any activity that may conflict with the enjoyment of the holiday is forbidden. This would include

Labor-intensive work, and laundering or sewing. Often Jews will treat this holiday as a vacation, using the time to visit others and spend tine with the family.

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The Biblical holiday Sukkot (Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a mandated festivals when Hebrews were required to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Feast of Booths is observed on the 15th day of Tishrei, when using the Hebrew calendar. Sukkot last for a total of seven days. The holiday is...

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