Succot 2018

A Yemenite Jew named Yehia holding a lulav and etrog—the four species— in a succah, Jerusalem, 1939.

A Yemenite Jew named Yehia holding a lulav and etrog—the four species—in a Sukkah, Jerusalem, 1939.

As Jews all over the world make last minute preparations for the holiday of Sukkot, which begins this evening, here are a few wonderfully evocative pictures of Jews celebrating this joyous holiday in Israel — and a rare photo of Jews in Samarkand.

You will dwell in booths for seven days; all natives of Israel shall dwell in booths.

—Leviticus 23:42

On the first day, you will take for yourselves a fruit of a beautiful tree, palm branches, twigs of a braided tree and brook willows, and you will rejoice before the L-RD your G-d for seven days.

—Leviticus 23:40

The Bassam family succah, Rehavia, Israel, 1939.

The Bassam family Sukkah, Rehavia, Israel, 1939.

 

Ashkenazi family (circa 1900) in the succah beneath the chandelier

Ashkenazi family (circa 1900) in their super comfy Sukkah. Note the elaborate chandelier.

 

A Sephardi Jew named Avram relaxing in his Succah with a friend, 1939.

A Sephardi Jew named Avram relaxing in his Sukkah with a friend, 1939.

 

Bukharan family in their sukka (circa 1900). Note the man on the right holding the lulav and etrog.

Bukharan family in their Sukkah (circa 1900). Note the man on the right holding the lulav and etrog.

 

Exterior of the Goldsmidt succah in Jerusalem (1934). The Goldshmidt's ran a restaurant, hence the large succah for their customers.

Exterior of the Goldsmidt Sukkah in Jerusalem (1934). The Goldshmidt’s ran a restaurant, hence the large Sukkah for their customers.

 

Interior of the Goldsmidt succah, 1934.

Interior of the Goldsmidt Sukkah, 1934.

 

This is a rare photograph of Jews sitting in their Samarkand Succah, circa 1870.

A rare photograph of Jews sitting in their Sukkah in Samarkand, the second-largest city in Uzbekistan, circa 1870.

 

A Hasidic street vendor selling etrogim for last minute shoppers.

A Hasidic street vendor selling etrogim to last minute shoppers.

 

Maayan prepares to decorate the Sukkah with a picture of her sister, Lielle.

Maayan prepares to decorate the Sukkah with a picture of her sister, Lielle.

 

Maayan and Karen work together decorating the Sukkah.

Maayan and Karen joyously work together making the Sukkah beautiful.

 

Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives a Chag Sameach, happy holiday.

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3 Comments

  1. bethtopaz
    Posted September 25, 2018 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for posting these photos, Robert. When I see photos of people living in Jerusalem in 1939 and 1934 I can’t help but think, with much sadness, of the nightmare the Jews in Europe and surrounding area were about to live and die through.

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Looking at some of those pictures it seems the definition of “booth” is open wide to interpretation 😉 I guess it is just a temporary structure?

    I had never heard of this celebration before – thanks for enlightening me!

    Your grandchildren are the cutest!

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    • Bill Brandt
      Posted September 24, 2018 at 1:24 am | Permalink

      The link explained all my questions. Interesting about the tie in with Thanksgiving.

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