The leaves are beginning to turn from green to vibrant reds, yellows and browns, there is a definite chill in the air, and we're starting to smell smoke from our neighbors' fireplaces. These annual transitions can only mean one thing: Autumn is here!
And with autumn comes an array of holidays! In Judaism, the new year is celebrated on Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur, a solemn occasion that calls for reflection and atonement. Shortly after Yom Kippur is Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of the Booths.
Sukkot is celebrated to honor the 40 year desert pilgrimage that Jews made over 3300 years ago after being freed from slavery in Egypt. As they made their journey, they slept in make-shift huts called sukkahs. Today, many Jewish people make sukkahs at their homes or synagogues as a way of remembrance. Screenwriter, producer and blogger Tori Avey writes, "As a temporary dwelling, the sukkah also represents the fact that all existence is fragile, and therefore Sukkot is a time to appreciate the shelter of our homes and our bodies."
Meals are eaten by candlelight in the sukkah for eight days—there's singing and delicious harvest-inspired foods, and of course, a whole lot of fun. Since Sukkot occurs during autumn it is full of harvest-themed foods and decorations the entire family will enjoy.