Sukkot is the commemoration of the 40 years Jews spent in the desert, travelling to the Promised Land after being freed from slavery in Egypt. The celebration is of the journey and of the protection God bestowed unto them as they ventured through the perilous desert. Another name is Feast of Tabernacles.
The meaning of this festivity is gratitude, for the food and shelter, and remembrance of the sacrifices made to attain freedom. Shelters play a significant role, as the Jews in their travel to the Promised Land lived off temporary shelters, in Hebrew Sukkot. And usually the feast occurs five days after Yom Kippur.
One of this week’s symbols is the Arba Minim, those are etrogs, in appearance seem like a big lemon, then we have the Lulav which are palm branches, Hadasim which are branches of myrtle and Aravot, willows.
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