JACKSON HOLE – Members of the Chabad Jewish Center in Jackson Hole are praying for the family of Gabby Petito as the Wyoming Jewish Community celebrates the Holiday of Sukkot with the traditional Lulav and Etrog.
Sukkot, the Festival of the Booths, is a seven-day holiday, this year beginning on the evening of Monday, Sept. 20 and ending after nightfall on Sept. 27, immediately followed by the two-day holiday of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, ending at nightfall on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
The holiday is celebrated by eating in a sukkah, an outdoor temporary structure covered with vegetation or bamboo that commemorates the time when the Jews wandered in the desert wilderness and the miraculous safety that surrounded them.
As seen in the photo above, every day of Sukkot (except Shabbat) it is tradition to shake the "Four Kinds”: a palm branch (lulav), willows (aravot), myrtles (hadassim) and a citron (etrog).
The four kinds symbolize four types of Jews or people generally, with differing levels of knowledge and kindness. Bringing them together represents the unity of the Jewish people and the unity of humanity, despite our external differences. For more information about Sukkot, visit www.JewishWyoming.com/Sukkot.