#FeatureFriday: Sukkot at Boston University
Sukkot is the Jewish holiday, meaning Feast of Booths, celebrated on the 15th day of the month Tishrei. During this time a Sukkah is constructed where Jews celebrate this festival. It is common for Jews to eat, sleep, and spend time under the Sukkah. According to the halakha, the roof of the Sukkah must be made of an organic material that has been disconnected from the ground. The Sukkah must have three walls which may be constructed from any material that will withstand wind. During this seven day holiday many religious services are practiced and meals are enjoyed under the Sukkah. The Sukkah is a wilderness shelter, recognizing the time that God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness they inhabited after they were free from slavery in Egypt.
We are honored to be a part of this festival each year. The Hillel House at Boston University provided our staff with insight as to how this tradition is to be practiced. Every year we construct a 40 foot by 60 foot Sukkah on Boston University’s campus for Jewish students and faculty to celebrate Sukkot under. We used tent piping for the structure, special ordered bamboo for the roof and tent walls for the sides. With the assistance of the Rabbi and members of the Hillel House we are able to install this Sukkah in accordance with Jewish Customs. We have been helping out with this event for the past four years and love doing it each year.
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