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Our Sukkahs

At this time of year Christian people celebrate Harvest time, this is a time when we say thanks you to God for the fruits of the Harvest, fish from the sea, fruit and vegetables from trees and fields and the rain and sun shine to help make these things grow. 

We celebrated Harvest by visiting our local church, St John's in Marchwood. During our Harvest service we sang songs, said prayers giving thanks and we donated food to the Waterside Food Bank to share with people who don't have as much food as we do. 

 

Jewish people don't have a 'Harvest Festival', instead they celebrate Sukkot. Sukkot is a special time of year when they also given thanks to God for things that are important to them. 

It commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult desert conditions. 

 

We compared the Christian festival of Harvest with the Jewish festival of Sukkot and thought about what was the same and what was different between the two festivals. 

 

We built our own Sukkah's and talked about why Jewish people choose to sleep in a Sukkah during the time of Sukkot. 

 

Children, maybe you could tell your grown ups what you can remember about Sukkot and Sukkahs?

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