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Sukkot Q&A

From Our Ask the Rabbi Outbox

Why Is the Sukkah Covered With Plant Material (Schach)?
The holiday is celebrated with materials typically left on a threshing floor or winepress, such as straw, stalks, and reeds.
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Take these 10 questions to see how well you know the joyous holiday of Sukkot.
Why an Italian Etrog?
Many, including Chabad, prefer “Calabria etrogim,” grown on the southern Italian coast in the region of Calabria. Why are these etrogim so prized?
Why Stay in the Sukkah When It is Raining?
And Why Some People Love Eating in a Wet Sukkah
If sitting in the sukkah bothers you, like in wet weather, you can leave and eat inside the house.Nevertheless, many people refuse to eat outside of the sukkah. When you understand what the sukkah is, you'll see why.
What's the Reason for the Sukkah?
The sukkah serves to remind us of our humble beginnings as a fledgling nation, when we did not have any permanent dwellings and had to live in simple huts.
Why can't I use a lemon?
When the Torah tells us to take a beautiful fruit, the only possible candidate is the etrog...
Do I have to sleep in the sukkah?
It appears that that at least since the 13th century the common practice is to sleep indoors...
Can I use corn stalks to cover a Sukkah?
The sukkah covering must provide enough cover so that when the sun is shining overhead there is more shade than sun in the sukkah...
Why Is Sukkot Celebrated in the Autumn?
After filling the storehouses with the summer harvest, a person might feel confident about his financial situation, and forget the Creator who supplied him with all this material wealth.
What Are Kreplach?
The traditional triangular pieces of dough filled with ground meat or chicken, similar to dumplings.
What Should I Do with My Holiday Lulav and Etrog Set?
At the suggestion of my Chabad rabbi, I decided that I want to have my own lulav and etrog set for the holiday of Sukkot, so that my entire family can take part in the observance. When the holiday is over, should I just throw it in the garbage?
Seeing the Stars Through the Sukkah Hut?
I was told that one is supposed to be able to see the stars through the roof of their sukkah hut. What is the reason for this, and why have I seen sukkahs that have very thick covering of greenery for their roofs?
Why Purchase Expensive Items for Jewish Holidays?
I don’t get it. Someone in the synagogue told me that he spent over a hundred dollars on his lulav and etrog set for the holiday of Sukkot.
Why Is the Lulav and Etrog Waved in Six Directions?
What is the shaking of the lulav and etrog set is all about?
Shabbat Candles in the Sukkah
For Sukkot, it is customary for the candles to be lit in the Sukkah.
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