What are those weird little Jewish huts? Judi Franco explains
In the old days I'd give you a long biblical explanation of those strange little huts you often see dotting Jewish neighborhoods during the upcoming Jewish Holiday. But now there's Wikipedia. So look it up yourself.
What I will tell you is that It's called a Sukkah or Succah. The holiday is called Sukkot or Succos or Succoth or Sukkos. It's really up to you to decide how to spell it since it's not an English word. It's also up to you to decide how to pronounce it since pronunciations vary widely.
We have one and put it up around this time every year. There's also the taking down too but that's much less fun. We eat inside it, pretty much every meal unless there's a rainstorm. We've got furniture and lighting in it, and the kids decorate the inside so it's really festive and cheesy. And yup, you sleep in it too! (Well, I don't but the men in the house do!)
Some years it's really hot on Sukkot and some years it's freezing, but no matter the weather, you'll find my family and me crammed in there for 8 days of meals. Then it's back in the basement till next year!
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