Of all the biblical holidays, one stands alone as the least-known among Christians.
That’s too bad, because hidden in the leafy branches of Sukkot are some incredible images.
“Sukkot” means “tabernacles,” “shelters” or “booths,” but you might relate more to the concept of camping in the back yard with your kids. In fact, some Jewish families will, indeed, spend the night in their lean-to shelters over the next few days, making the holiday especially memorable for young children. Many, many more families and groups of friends will have meals in their temporary “booths.”
It’s all a part of Sukkot, the “Feast of Tabernacles” that begins at sunset today and continues through next Sunday.
When Moses led the people out of Egypt, they lived in temporary shelters for 40 years. Thus, part of Sukkot is simply remembering that chapter of Bible history. The shelters are simply a way of remembering the story.
It’s also the end of the year, and Sukkot serves as something of the Jewish version of “Thanksgiving.” Only thing, instead of feasting for only one day, they eat like kings for seven straight days, even eight!
And since the rainy season is due to come every winter, the fall-seasoned Sukkot provides an opportunity for the people to pray for rain. If you’d lived in the days of the Temple, you’d have heard a lot of “Lord save us!” songs on the Temple Mount. In our language, it would have sounded like “Hosanna!”
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