סוכות – “Feast of the Booths”, also known as the Feast of the Tabernacle or Feast of Gathering. This week-long festival is a celebration, marked by building a sukka – an outdoor hut or booth, symbolizing both the agricultural origin of the holiday and the temporary shelters built during the time of wandering in the Desert.

Read about the history of Sukkot in the Jewish Encyclopedia. For Talmudic law regarding Sukkot, refer to Massekhet Sukka.

Rabbi Steinsaltz wrote this essay on Sukkot. You can read more of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s thoughts on Sukkot in his book on the Jewish Holidays.

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