Fall Feasts

Hananeel Sukkot - a tabernacle or "Sukka"Also referred to as the "Feast of Tabernacles" or "Booths," the feast of Sukkot is best known for the temporary structures that Jewish people erect and serve holiday meals in, during this week of thanksgiving and praise for God's provision. Scripture commands the Jewish people;

And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 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: I am the LORD your God. -- Leviticus 23:40-43

As a harvest feast, some call Sukkot, "Jewish Thanksgiving", but it is probably more appropriate to call the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, "American Sukkot." The booths, or "sukkas" that are built as temporary dwellings for sukkot were undoubtedly referenced by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5, "for we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, and house not made with hands."

Sharon Huckel has a CD available that focuses on the themes found in this very beautiful feast, called, appropriately, "Tabernacle."