September is a super busy month for our family filled with Jewish holidays.
We started the month off with Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar and eating symbolic foods, such as apples dipped in honey. I hosted two nights. We had a nice mix both nights. Here are some of the highlights. Next we celebrated Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is also known as Day of Atonement. It is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.
No pictures were taken during this “holiday”. We spent 25 hours with our community. It was nice.
Finally we end the month with Sukkot. Sukkot is the holiday that lasts eight days. The Hebrew word sukkot is the plural of sukkah, “booth or tabernacle”, which is a walled structure covered with skhakh (plant material such as leafy tree overgrowth or palm leaves). The sukkah is intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday meals are eaten inside the sukkah and many sleep there as well. On each day of the holiday, members of the household recite a blessing over the lulav and etrog.
We spent the holiday in and out of our friends sukkah. We planned on building our own sukkah but unfortunately we weren’t prepared in time. We did however build a play sukkah for Sarah or as we like to call it a “Snacky Sukkah”.