We shake a package of tropical fruits and branches (lulav & etrog) around in the air and we sit in booths under the sky. We sit in booths (or "Sukkot") to remember how the Jews lived in their 40 years marching through the desert from from Egypt to Israel, under Gods special protection. We wave the 4 species around in all 4 directions stmbolizing Gods presence everywhere in the universe.
What can be stranger on the surface? Yet these are the practices that bind us together over the course of this holiday! The Rabbi's even call Sukkot the happiest time of the year, "Zman Simchateinu." The days of praying all day and fasting are done. Sukkot is all about celebrating the new year and our individualism as a Jewish nation. It is about appreciating our uniquness and blessings. It is a great time to simply reflect with our peers about the great and inspiring Jewish experiences we have shared, and enjoying the final moments before the weather gets colder.
Different campuses have different availabilities regarding access to a Sukkah (hut), lulav, & etrog, but if it is there, what better place to invite someone to than to your hut!?
Sukkot has many different dimensions and opportunities. First of all, the first few days have meals & an opportunity for a few days of rest. Following is Chol Hamoed, where we still shake the 4 species and sit in Sukkot, yet they are treated like regular days of the week. This is a great Jewish opportunity to go on trips, do out-of-the-box fun activities, and create great relationships! You can even watch the Ushpizin movie (but first learn what Ushpizin actually is!