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Sukkot celebrates the period of time during which the ancient Israelites lived in temporary dwellings during their forty years of wandering in the desert on their way to Israel. The holiday also celebrates the end of the harvest season in Israel.
In past years, Central has built three sukkot in our Community House, each lovingly decorated by our children: one in the lobby, one on the patio of the second floor, and one on the roof. At other times we also have had a sukkah in our pavilion. This year due to pandemic restrictions we will celebrate the holiday in a different way and will be building a sukkah on our Sanctuary bimah.
We invite you to get into the Sukkot holiday spirit at home!
If you have the space, you can build your own sukkah this year. Check out The Sukkah Project on Facebook for some inspiration and tips.
You can also order your own lulav and etrog set here — orders will be taken until September 24.
Kids can also join in the fun with their own stuffed toy lulav and etrog set, available here.
Need some help celebrating the holiday from home? Check out this DIY guide from our Youth & Family Education Team.
Sukkot Evening Services, Wave the Lulav and Etrog With Us
October 2, 2020, 6:00 pm
We welcome you to join us “on the bimah” during Erev Sukkot Services. During this service we ll wave the lulav with members via Zoom.
Please click here to see our full schedule for Worship Services for adults and families.
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How to Wave the Lulav and Etrog
Watch this one-minute video, featuring Youth & Family Education member Shira Kobren Wasserman, to learn how to hold and wave the lulav.
The blessing that accompanies this ritual is:
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has sanctified us with God’s commandments and has commanded us concerning the waving of the lulav.
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al netilat lulav.
On the first day of waving the lulav add the Shehehiyanu blessing:
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has granted us life, sustenance, and enabled us to reach this season.
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam shehehiyanu v’kiyemanu v’higiyanu lazman hazeh.
Click here for more information about these rituals.
Who Would You Invite Into Your Sukkah?
It is customary to welcome guests into the sukkah. Over time, the tradition has evolved to also welcome in spirit our forefathers and foremothers from the Hebrew Bible along with others we would want to spend time with. This custom is known as Ushpizin (“guests” in Aramaic).