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Sukkot is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals which include  Passover and Shavuot. It occurs in autumn on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei and commemorates the forty-year period in which the children of Israel wandered in the desert, living in temporary shelters which we refer to as sukkot. It is also known as a harvest festival as Jews in ancient Israel would often build huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. Sukkot lasts for seven days and is great fun for all. Constructing and “dwelling” in a backyard sukkah is like building a fort and camping out. It is common to spend time, eat meals and even sleep, in these sukkot. Another custom related to the harvest involves waving a lulav and etrog. The etrog is a kind of citrus while the lulav is made of palm fronds, myrtle and willow twigs. A blessing is recited while the lulav and etrog are ceremoniously waved in all directions representing God’s dominion over Creation.

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