Begins Tonight: Feast of the Tabernacles

Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles

Tonight, many Jews in the US will begin celebrating their week-long Feast of the Tabernacles. Some families may erect small temporary shelters in their backyards to remind them of their history of wandering in the dessert. They also may decorate with dried squash and corn as a picture of God’s blessing and provision. However, the first day is to be a day of rest. Other days of the week also have special significance:

  • Day 1 – Sukkot (day of rest)
  • Day 7 – Hoshana Rabbah (synagogue ceremony, seal of judgement)
  • Day 8 – Shmini Atzeret (celebrating the love of God and a good harvest)
  • Day 8 or 9 – Simchat Torah (Torah scrolls read, the conclusion of the festival)

It is a time of traditional ceremonies to remember all that God has done and a time for festive family gatherings.  For the coming year, they claim Psalm 118:25: “Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!”