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September 12, 1975 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-09-12

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 12, 1975 5

The Bible Guides Construction of the Sukka

The sukka is a booth
erected for the festival of
Sukkot, which this year be-
gins Sept. 20, in accordance
with the biblical command-
ment "Ye shall dwell in
booths seven days" (Lev.
23:42).

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The reason for the com-
mandment given in the Bi-
ble is "that your generations
may know that I made the
Children of Israel to dwell
in booths, when I brought
them out of the land of
Egypt" (Lev. 23:43).
The most important sec-
tion in the construction of
the sukka is the roof made
of covering known as
s'khakh. The s'khakh must
be cut from that which grew
in the soil and which is not
susceptible to ritual impur-
ity.
The Encyclopaedia Ju-
daica reports that the s'k-
hakh must be so arranged
that the shaded area within
the sukka will exceed the
unshaded. Any material
may be used in the construc-
tion of the walls, at least
two of which must be com-
plete, while the third may
be partial. It is particularly
meritorious to begin con-
struction of the sukka at the
conclusion of the Day of
Atonement.

If rain may spoil one's
food, it is permitted to
transfer the meal to the
house. Each time one eats in
the sukka the blessing "to
dwell in the sukka" is re-
cited, usually after the
blessing over bread.
It is customary to decor-
ate the sukka with fruit
(which may not be eaten
during the festival) and with
the symbols of Sukkot, and
to recite special welcomes to
the seven "guests of the fes-
tival," Abraham, Isaac, Ja-
cob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron
and David, on each day of

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In present-day Israel the
Samaritans erect the
sukka inside their houses,
while Jews construct suk-
kot on the sidewalks
roofs, and balconies of

their houses reminiscent of
what is described in Neh-
emiah: "So the people
went forth . . . and made
themselves booths, every
one upon the roof of his
house, and in their courts,
and in the courts of the
house of God . . .

(8:16-18).
Philo suggested that the
sukka was built to show
misfortune at a time of good
fortune and to remind the
rich of the poor and Mai-
monides similarly inter-

prets the lesson of the taber-
nacle. There are modern
scholars who see the origin
of the custom in reinterpre-

tation of some ancient agri-
cultural rite but the nature
of this is disputed, the Ju-
daica concludes.

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Throughout the seven
days of the festival, the
sukka must be regarded as
one's principal abode, and
the house merely a tempo-
rary residence. Thus, it is
forbidden to eat any major
repast or to sleep outside
the sukka, and it is obliga-
tory to eat in the sukka on
the first night of the fes-
tival.

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Sukkot.
According to the Midrash,
the Children of Israel were
divinely protected in the
wilderness by the shelter of
the tabernacles solely be-
cause the Patriarch Abra-
ham had given shelter to
three strangers beneath the
tree on his property.

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called on Israelis Tuesday to
make use of the relative
calm resulting from the new
interim accord with Egypt
to remedy the wrongs and
inequities within Israel's
society.
As Israeli and Egyptian
teams were working out the
final details of the interim
pact in Geneva, Allon
warned against a return to
pre-Yom Kippur war com-
placency and urged against
a repetition of easy money-
making and profiteering
such as was done by private
contractors employed to
build front line fortifica-
tions.
Addressing an audience
at Ben-Gurion University in
Beersheba, Allon said it
might be better to construct
Israel's new line of fortifica-
tions in Sinai by the Army
Engineers Corps rather
than private contractors.

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