Sukkot 5777: October 16-October 23, 2016

Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, starts at sundown on Sunday, October 16 and continues through October 23 (15-21 Tishrei).  The annual harvest holiday brought Jews in pilgrimage to the Temple and today is marked by certain rituals in a sukkah (pl. sukkot), a temporary structure that commemorates the huts made by farmers during harvest time and by the Israelites during 40 years of Exodus from Egypt.  A blessing over the lulab and ethrog is made daily.  These are motifs that occur frequently in decorated elements from the Jewish catacombs of Rome and on other artifact from the Late Roman period.  Illustrated here is a gold glass fragment found in the Catacombs of SS. Marcellino and Pietro in Rome in the early 1880's that may present a very schematized Temple during the Sukkot holiday.  Chag Sameach to all who celebrate!