The holiday of Sukkot is named after the booths or huts in which Jews are supposed to live during this week-long festival. The huts are supposed to remind us of the flimsy houses our ancestors lived in as they traveled through the desert heading towards Israel. Eating and living in a temporary structure -- called a sukkah -- forces you to think about the important things in life, separating you from material possessions. Because Sukkot is also a harvest festival, it is considered an especially happy and festive time.
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