This year, Sukkot begins at sundown on October 2 and ends in the evening of October 9. Dwelling in a sukkah commemorates the tabernacles that protected the ancient Israelites during their Exodus from Egypt.

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Etrog Container, Maker’s mark: K B. Germany, late 19th century. Silver: chased and gilt. 7 1/4 × 9 × 5 1/2 in. (18.4 × 22.9 × 14 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman, F 4390.

The weeklong holiday of Sukkot, also known as the Festival of Tabernacles or Booths, begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (usually September or October in the Gregorian calendar). In the Diaspora, Shemini Atzeret (“The Eighth [Day] of Assembly”) and Simchat Torah (“Rejoicing with the Torah”) immediately follow on October 10 and 11. Jews throughout the world traditionally eat their meals in an outdoor structure called a sukkah, a booth or other form of shelter. Some Jews even sleep in the sukkah, and where the climate is cold, bundle up to keep warm. …

Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—begins at sundown on September 18 and ends on the evening of September 20, offering time for reflection and the possibility of renewal.

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Shofar, probably India, 20th century (?). Kudu horn. 4 7/8 × 23 5/8 × 6 1/4 in. (12.4 × 60 × 15.9 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of the International Synagogue, 2016–22

The Jewish New Year — Rosh Hashanah — is celebrated on the first two days of the month of Tishrei in the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah initiates the Days of Awe — a ten-day period of repentance, prayer, and self-reflection, that culminates on the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday, and a fast day. …

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A Jewish symbol of fertility, love, and abundance, pomegranates are celebrated for their beauty as well as their ritual significance. One of the seven species of Israel — a group of grains and fruits that were dietary staples in ancient times — pomegranates were offered at the Temple in Jerusalem on Shavuot; and, as a “new fruit,” are eaten on Rosh Hashanah.

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One-of-a-Kind Hand-Painted Pomegranates by SIND Studio.

Available at the Jewish Museum Shop, SIND Studio’s One-of-a-Kind Hand-Painted Pomegranates offer a playful, contemporary take on the biblical fruit. …


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