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Old 12-05-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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Rosh Hashanah question

The Chaunaka thread reminded me of this.

Why do Jewish folk build huts on their property once a year? They're only up for a week or so.

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Old 12-05-2007, 11:54 AM   #2
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That actually is for the holiday of Sukkot, not Rosh Hashana, although the two do have some things to do with each other. Sukkot is the holiday that celebrates the havest.

The Sukkah is a temporary structure in which you are supposed to eat your meals. It must be temporary and I think the roof is also supposed to be open so you can see the stars. The roof also is supposed to be made of organic matter, but the walls can be made of anything.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:58 AM   #3
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So you just eat in those things? I don't get it. The first time I saw one, I thought someone was DIYing an addition to their house then the building inspector came by and told them to tear it down.
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:16 PM   #4
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So you just eat in those things? I don't get it. The first time I saw one, I thought someone was DIYing an addition to their house then the building inspector came by and told them to tear it down.
Jeekniz, you might try this page - it might help us understand.

Judaism 101: Sukkot

Happy Harvest! Some call this time of year Thanksgiving.
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My friends said that they are required to "dwell" in it for a week, but that just taking meals in it would fulfill the minimum requirements of that. If the weather is fine and the bugs are down, his kids love sleeping in it, too!
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That is basically correct Fisher's Mom.
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David, nice site, explains prety much everything. I especially like the part when they make conection between the passover and the Sukkoth. The main and the most important reason of the Holyday.
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