סֻכּוֹת שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה SUKKOT SIMCHAT / TORAH

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בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ְייָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּנוּ עַל נְטִילַת לוּלָב
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has sanctified us through Your mitzvot andcommands us to take the lulav.
















Turn (the Torah) again and again, for everything is in it; contemplate it, grow gray and old over it, and swerve not from it for there is no greate good. ~ Ben Bag Bag, Mishnah, Avot 5:22

Sukkot is the fall harvest festival of the Jewish calendar, celebrated five days after Yom Kippur. It begins on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei and ends on the 21st of Tishrei. Biblically, it is described as a seven day festival followed immediately by Sh'mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. Sukkot developed from both an historical foundation and an agricultural one.

Historically, the sukkot (temporary booths), are reminiscent of the temporary dwellings lived in by the Israelites after the Exodus, in the 40 years of wandering the wilderness between Egypt and Cannaan (now known as Israel).

Agriculturally, Sukkot is the last of the three pilgrimage festivals (Pesach and Shavuot are the others) when ancient Jews packed their best seasonal crops and journeyed all the way to The Temple in Jerusalem. Once there, the Jews offered sacrifices and celebrated together as a community. On Sukkot especially, they thanked God for the bounty of the year's harvest.

Today, Jews gather together at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sukkot. Others celebrate in the fields of kibbutzim, thus focussing on gratitude for a "return" to farming our homeland.

Outside of Israel, Jews whose livelihoods do not depend on farming still celebrate the acricultural nature of the holday. Many build a sukkah and invite friends and family to eat together under its leafy roof.

Simchat Torah celebrates the annual cycle of reading the Torah. Each year on this joyous holiday, Jews worldwide complete the cycle of Torah reading (from the last part of Deuteronomy) and immediately begin reading from the book of Genesis. This cycle of reading illustrates the importance that Judaism places not only on the Torah, but also on study.

On this holiday, prior to reading from the Torah, the scrolls are taken out of the holy ark and paraded around, accompanied by singing and dancing.


Sukkot / Simchat Torah materials that can be downloaded and printed:
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Vocabulary

Seven pages of Sukkot vocabulary flashcards.
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Resource List

This link will take you a to the list on the JECC website.


Sukkot poster

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Simchat Torah poster

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Sukkot Brachot

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Sukkot Puzzles

Your students will review Sukkot vocabulary.

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Sukkot QRs

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More Sukkot posters

Great for your classroom or for your sukkah.
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Simchat Torah book

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