Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot


The festival of Sukkot (September 22 till September 29, 2010), the nine-day festival also known as Chag’ha Succot, the “Feast of Booths” (or Tabernacles), is named for the huts (sukkah) that Moses and the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before they reached the Promised Land.
Moses and Joshua in the Tabernacle, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836-1902), at the Jewish Museum, New York

Moses and Joshua in the Tabernacle, by Joseph Tissot (French, 1836-1902), at the Jewish Museum, New York

Adonai says: “Chazak ve’ematz — Be strong and resolute; do not be terrified or dismayed, for the Eternal, Adonai, is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). This custom developed over the course of Jewish history connected with Adonai’s first revelation to Joshua after the death of Moses.

Three times at the conclusion of a book of Torah, we tell one another to be strong: Chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek — Be strong, be strong, and together we will be strengthened.

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