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Sukkot Holiday Observance

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sukkot is primarily a Jewish tradition as a harvest festival, it commemorates a historical event and it has a spiritual or metaphysical dimension: it is a reminder to us that as human beings, we are vulnerable to God/Nature.

sukkot hut at umass 2016

Beginning five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkah is named after the booths or huts (sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration. Many build their own sukkah in which it is customary to eat meals. According to rabbinic tradition, these flimsy sukkot represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their forty years of wandering in the desert after escaping from slavery in Egypt. The festival of Sukkot is one of the three great pilgrimage festivals of the Jewish year.

All are welcome to come to the Sukkah beginning October 16th until October 25th (except for 9-4 on the 20th due to a scheduling conflict). It is located directly behind UMass Memorial, University Campus on the Volleyball court.JewMass UMass Medical Students and the Central Mass Chabad are providing hospitality and some fresh baked goods.

UMass Amherst has great resources if you would like to learn more about the holiday and its history: The Festival of Sukkot