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    5 Ways to Celebrate Sukkot

    What is Sukkot?

    During the week long festival of Sukkot, Jews live and eat in huts called Sukkahs. These huts mimic what farmers slept in during ancient harvests and are a way to honor the 40 years they lived in the desert. What are some ways you can celebrate?

    1. Make a sukkah: The traditional hut is sturdy enough to last all week, has a thatched roof made of leaves and sticks so you can see the stars.
    2. And decorate it! Our Seven Species Dining Papers or Honeycomb Napkin Rings are both a great choice!
    3. Eat and sleep in the sukkah! Traditionally, you can eat every meal and sleep in the sukkah too. (Weather permitting.)Sukkot Decorations
    4. Don't Forget the Lulov and Etrog! Shake with style in your Sukkah with a traditional set of the arba minim (four species) grown with care at special citron orchards in central Israel. We have a Standard and Premium Set to choose from!
    5. Eat stuffed foods! Stuffed foods like Farro Stuffed Eggplants and Stuffed Cabbage are symbols of a bountiful harvest, Serve your food with a Pomegranate Trivet or Appetizer Tray!

     

    When are the Jewish Holidays in 5778?

    When are the Jewish holidays in 2108?Jewish Holidays 5778
    It's a little tricky to remember when the Jewish holidays are since the Hebrew calendar does not line up with the secular calendar we use. So here is a handy chart you can reference to remember the major holidays. Each holiday starts and ends at sundown.

    Rosh Hashanah: 9/20/17- 9/22/17
    The Jewish New Year

    Yom Kippur: 9/29/17- 9/30/17
    Day of Atonement

    Sukkot: 10/4/17- 10/11/17
    Feast of the Tabernacles

    Simchat Torah: 10/11/17- 10/13/17
    A new cycle of Torah readings begins

    Hanukkah: 12/12/17- 12/20/17
    The Festival of Lights

    Tu B'shvat: 1/30/18- 1/31/18
    The Festival of Trees

    Purim: 2/28/18-3/1/18
    A Super Fun Holiday!

    Passover: 3/30/18- 4/7/18
    The Exodus from Israel

    Yom Ha'atzmaut: 4/18/18- 4/19/18
    Israel Independence Day

    Shavuot: 5/19/18- 5/21/18
    The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai

    Tisha B'av: 7/21/18- 7/22/18
    Commemorates the Destruction of the Temples
     
    Tu B'Av: 7/26/18- 7/27/18
    Jewish Valentine's Day

    Sukkah:ATL Atlanta's Only Public Sukkah -- Come Join Us!


    Atlanta-based Jewish Food Alliance, along with over a dozen community partners, erected its second annual public-space sukkah in Oakhurst Community Garden on Sunday, October 9th.  When sukkot begins on Wednesday, October 12th, Sukkah: ATL will host opportunities for worship, community gathering, learning, and cultural experiences.

    The construction of the sukkah is led by architects from Design Plus Collective, who designed the “Seen by Unseen” Sukkah for New York's Sukkah City competition last Fall.


    Sukkah: ATL is Atlanta's only public-space sukkah, and is built and programmed as a community cooperative effort, led by Atlanta-based Jewish Food Alliance.


    Programs open to the public during the week of Sukkot include:

    Temporary Booth : Temporary Life

    I just watched G-d Cast's wonderful Sukkot video (below) and now have a new understanding of Sukkot.

    The video is about King Solomon's Ecclesiastes, which is read during Sukkot. Starting with the downer of, "all is vanity," Solomon writes of all the things he's "had" in life: riches, knowledge, and achievement. He finds them useless and meaningless because he's gonna die, just like any fool, and leave it all behind to some shmo who outlives him.

    In the end, Solomon finds meaning because he believes all is from G-d and tells us to "Fear G-d."

    No matter his conclusion, it's his pathway that fascinates me. It's his understanding of mortality that motivates Solomon's struggle to find meaning. "The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but... the same fate overtakes them both."

    All of us are challenged to find meaning in the face of mortality. 

    Sometimes the losses we experience, which make us re-evaluate our lives and search for meaning, end up being blessings. Or let me say that differently: it is up to us to find the meaning in the losses we experience.

    For Sukkot we build our hut, rejoice in it, and then tear it down. As is life.