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Sukkot Begins October at Sundown on October 13th and ends on October 20th.
Sukkot is probably one of the most underrated of the Jewish Holiday. It is still considered to be part of the High Holy days but it has a much more, low key feeling to it. While some choose to build their own sukkah, it is not necessary. The commandment for this holiday is to dwell in the sukkah. Some people actually move into the sukkah for the week. Others have meals in the sukkah. The sukkah must have a least 3 sides and the top needs to be open enough so you can see the stars through it. There are 4 plant species that are connected to Sukkot. They are the palm leaves, myrtle and willow (they make up the lulav) and finally the Etrog (sometimes referred to as the lemony thing). Palm refers to the backbone, uprightness. Myrtle corresponds to the eyes, enlightenment. Willow represents the lips, the service of the lips (prayer). Etrog refers to the heart, the place of understanding and wisdom. We shake the four species as an expression of our joy, thanksgiving, and praise of God at the time of the final fruit harvest. We shake them in all directions symbolic of God’s rule over nature.