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DelVal celebrates the Festival of Sukkot

Oct 14, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths.” - Leviticus 23:42

On Sunday, Oct. 4, the people that gathered outside of the library at Delaware Valley College didn’t dwell in booths for seven days, but attended a service in a temporary building to celebrate Sukkot.

Sukkot, which literally means “booths,” is a Jewish holiday that celebrates two things. First, the 40 years that the Israelites spent wandering in the desert living in temporary shelters and second, the bringing in of the harvest. Agriculturally, Sukkot is sometimes referred to as The Festival of Ingathering. During Sukkot, Jews are told to “dwell in booths seven days.” This requirement can be fulfilled by eating all of one’s meals in the temporary building, called a sukkah, and spending as much time as possible in it.

In the tradition of Sukkot, the students of Hillel, The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, constructed a sukkah in front of the Joseph Krauskopf Memorial Library. The kit for the sukkah was generously donated by the Resnick family. Then, in celebration of Sukkot, students, parents, and faculty, including Dr. Joshua Feldstein, president emeritus and a college trustee, attended a service led by Rabbi Lance Sussman of Kneseth Israel, also a college trustee.

This holiday holds special significance for Delaware Valley College since Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf spoke at the annual Sukkot Pilgrimage held on Oct. 23 in 1921. He received a tribute from the presiding officer, Hampton L. Carson, for his success in developing The National Farm School, the predecessor of DelVal.

Story by Rebecca Cesa, a major in Media and Communications