Sukkot 2017 begins the evening of
Wednesday, October 4th
First do the Mitzvah of Lulav and Etrog from sunrise during the day of
Thursday, October 5th
WHAT IS SUKKOT?
For forty years, as our ancestors traversed the Sinai Desert, following the Exodus from Egypt, miraculous “clouds of glory” surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert. Ever since, we remember G-d’s kindness and reaffirm our trust in His providence by dwelling in a Sukkah–a hut of temporary construction with a roof covering of branches–for the duration of the Sukkot festival (on the Jewish calendar Tishrei 15-21). In Israel, for seven days and nights, we eat all our meals in the Sukkah and otherwise regard it as our home. Outside of Israel, we do so for eight days.
The Four Kinds:
The four kinds, which we shake on each day of the festival (besides Shabbat), are to remind us of the various types of personalities in the Jewish nation. By shaking them in all 6 directions we symbolise the unification of all the Jews around the world.
Hold the Lulav in your right hand (unless you’re a lefty), with its spine facing you. Face east and say:
On the first morning you add: