Following the High Holidays of Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur comes the celebration of Sukkot (literally meaning huts). Relating back to the times of the ancient Israelites wandering in the desert, this holiday is a time of great joy! Around campus we have a number of these sukkot, temporary huts, erected for the week-long celebration.
Events for Sukkot have included decorating each sukkah, Pizza in the Hut, Smoothies in the Sukkah, and lunch and learn discussions throughout the week.
Lulav and Etrog
The agricultural undertones of the holiday of Sukkot are demonstrated by taking four symbolic species:
Lulav (לולב) – a ripe, green, closed frond from a date palm tree
Hadass (הדס) – boughs with leaves from the myrtle tree
Aravah (ערבה) – branches with leaves from the willow tree
Etrog (אתרוג) – the fruit of a citron tree
A Lulav and Etrog are available at Hillel.