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What is Sukkah?

Wilson Yr 3 - Sukkah 01What is a sukkah? (Pronounced sookah, not sucker!)

 

On Tuesday, our Year 3 students constructed a sukkah, or booth, according to the Jewish instructions for the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkoth. Every year, as they celebrated the feast, Jewish people built a structure with four walls; normally three were covered and a roof made from natural plant material, which is shady during the day and open to the sky at night.

For the seven days of the festival, they eat their meals, study and entertain in the sukkah – some people even sleep in their sukkah! It is hung with fruit and decorated with some of the fruit from the harvest.

We also ate apple with honey (a Jewish New Year tradition) as an expression of the sweet blessings of God in the New Year. We danced and sung! We also invited others to join us in the sukkah – a part of the commandment to be hospitable to others.

Why a sukkah?

 

The sukkah is a reminder of Israel’s time in the wilderness, dwelling in tents around the Tabernacle of the Lord where His presence and glory rested. The walls of the sukkah are white to show this glory. It is combined with a harvest festival of the ingathering and feasting to celebrate and give thanks for the provision of God for His people.

God provides for our physical needs like He did for the people of Israel. But we have a greater reason to celebrate God’s provision – Jesus, who became flesh and “dwelt among us”, just as God’s presence dwelt amongst the people of Israel! Some scholars even think this is the time of year when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. We have been studying the Exodus and Wilderness in Year 3 and we are very glad to live in the time of Jesus’ kingdom where His Spirit dwells within us.

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Thanks go to Mr van der Kooij for his fantastic help!

Mrs Dalais
BIBLE TEACHER

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