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October 3 – 17 Tishrei 5773 -  3rd day of Sukkot –Chol ha-Mo’ed, weekdays of the festival

The moon is full, the rainy season has begun and Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, begins tonight. That’s no coincidence; Sukkot’s origins are as a seasonal agricultural holiday. As an added refinement, Jews are commanded (Leviticus 23:42-43) to to live in booths throughout the holiday week to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt. Over the years, the custom has been modified to “sitting” in the Sukkah, that is taking meals and — in the case of cold Diaspora climes — a quick kiddush blessing over the wine before running back to warmth.


To honor the holiday, here are a few images of Sukkot celebrations throughout the generations, starting with two images French-born engraver Bernard Picart, the first from Amsterdam in 1722.


- from Israel 21C Newsletter, blog by Rachel Neiman

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This one depicts the customs of the Portuguese Jewish community.