Our Festival of Sukkot began at sundown on Sunday, October 16. The holiday lasts for one week. Throughout this week of Sukkot, we are commanded to dwell in our sukkah, our booth, eating our meals in our sukkah and even sleeping in it. The first and last days of the holiday are considered chag, or festival days, and we observe them similar to the observance of Shabbat.
On each morning of the first and last day we gather for a festival service. We sing praises to God with Hallel, shake the lulav and smell the etrog (both seen in the picture above).
On the final day of the holiday, as is true with Yom Kippur, Passover and Shavuot, we all say Yizkor, our memorial prayers, remembering those who have departed this earth, whose lives will always be for a blessing.
In the United States, there is some differing of opinion as to when this holiday ends. Typically, Reform Jews and those living in Israel observe 7 days of Sukkot, with the 8th day being the Celebration of Simchat Torah. That is what it says in Torah. Conservative and Orthodox Jews in the United States typically observe an extra day, a custom left from a time when we were uncertain of the timing of Festivals in Jerusalem. As a community comprised of people from many backgrounds, we are observing Sukkot as it says in Torah: 7 days of the festival, and the 8th day for Simchat Torah.
Please join us for this service.
It will be held in the sukkah at Rabbi Bravo's Home, weather permitting. Our indoor location is Rabbi Bravo's Home.
Register on this page, and we will send you more details.
We look forward to celebrating this holiday with you.