(September 20, 2021 / JNS) Sukkot is a week-long holiday in Israel (as opposed to eight days in the Diaspora), with the first and last days as Yom Tov and national holidays in which businesses are closed. This year, the holiday starts at sundown on Sept. 20.
Sukkot is the “Festival of Booths,” and its emblem is the sukkah, a temporary dwelling built outside with a roof made of organic material, often palm or tree leaves, known as sechach. Meals are eaten there, and some people even sleep in the sukkah. In Israel, most kosher restaurants and even some non-kosher ones have a sukkah for their guests during the holiday.
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