Every Person's Guide to Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah

Jason Aronson, Inc., 2001

With the end of the Days of Awe and the beginning of the festival of Sukkot, the Jewish people begin the most experiential of all of the Jewish holidays. In describing the holiday of Sukkot, the Torah uses the Hebrew word simcha (joy) three times, more often than when mentioning any other festival. Jews around the world are instructed to feel joy during the festival of Sukkot, which is a festival of thanksgiving for one's bountiful harvest. In many ways it commemorates themes similar to those of the American celebration of Thanksgiving.

Every Person's Guide To Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah is intended to help enhance your knowledge, observance, and creative celebration of the harvest festival season. Included is information on the historical origins of the festivals, its rituals, and its customs, both in the home and in the synagogue; a chapter on the Four Species and their symbolism; Sukkot and Simchat Torah legends; a chapter on games that can be played during the festival; curiosities and oddities; and a glossary of holiday terms.

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