Keeping it a little simple this week.
Sukkot is one of those holidays that Richmond just doesn’t celebrate. And that’s a real shame, because it’s like combining Christmas tree decorating with Thanksgiving dinner and the original “tiny house”.
This printer friendly guide from 18Doors (formerly known as Interfaith Family) does a great job of explaining why this holiday is so fun.
Sukkot is the third and final festival that commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt. The escape of Israel from Egypt is remembered at Passover, entering into a covenant with God at Mount Sinai is recalled at Shavuot, and sleeping in a temporary hut or booth (“sukkah” in Hebrew) while wandering in the wilderness is memorialized in the holiday of Sukkot. “Sukkot” is the plural form of sukkah.
Simchat Torah is the last of the fall holidays, arriving at the end of Sukkot. During Simchat Torah we can be filled with joy and love for God, for the Torah and for the Jewish community. The name of this holiday means “Joy of the Torah,” and it marks the completion of the year long cycle of weekly Torah readings (parshiot).18Doors
MyJewishLearning does a great job with their videos, including the Lego Sukkot!
Coming over for Sukkot and not sure what to do? The Reform Movement has got you covered:
And last but not least, Blossom herself building a sukkah.