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Sukkot: 'Living under God's Protection'

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[SPEAKING HEBREW]

JULIE STAHL: It's an ancient Biblical commandment

that's still being kept today.

Some call it a Jewish camping trip,

but with the conveniences of home.

Shalom.

Welcome.

We're so glad to have you in here with us in our sukkah.

Yes, thank you.

We're here in our sukkah, which is really

the home away from homes for this whole week

of the Feast of Tabernacles.

So God--

JULIE STAHL: Like many Israelis and Jewish people

around the world, Seth and Te'ena Ben-Haim

build a sukkah, or booth, on the back porch of their Jerusalem

apartment every year.

SETH: It helps us remember first of all.

We're commanded to remember the exodus from Egypt

and how we needed to wander through the desert for 40 years

without permanent dwellings.

But it also reminds us that even though we've

been brought into the land of Israel,

we haven't reached our final destination.

So tell us about the sukkah itself.

How do you make a sukkah?

The main thing is that it's a roof that

will make us feel that we're open to the elements.

And then we--

JULIE STAHL: Uh-huh.

And why is that?

Well, because otherwise we'd be in the protection

of our homes in some ways.

And we're supposed to be in this flimsy tabernacle,

so that we can remember that ultimately we're

under Hashem's protection.

JULIE STAHL: Most sukkahs are decorated--

at least, in part-- by the children.

Families eat, sleep, study, and play together

in their temporary houses for a whole week.

Despite the camping conditions, it's considered a joyful time.

And then you can focus on the real important things.

Like relationships, and just sitting down,

and studying the Word, and talking with the children

about God's faithfulness.

JULIE STAHL: Jonathan and his sister Rebecca

enjoy the holiday so much Jonathan made his treehouse

into a sukkah.

This for Sukkot.

And that too.

JULIE STAHL: That's for Sukkot.

And that too.

That's very pretty.

So you decorated your sukkah up here?

Yes.

JULIE STAHL: Wow.

JULIE STAHL (VOICEOVER): Another part

of the Sukkot celebration recorded

in Leviticus 23 is bringing a special fruit and branches

to rejoice before the Lord.

SETH: We offer them to Hashem, all four

of these in our prayers every morning.

We wave them in many different directions,

and we really look to above.

And that's what this type of roof helps us remember too.

As we're looking to above, because that's where

our help is going to come from

JULIE STAHL: Julie Stahl, CBN News, Jerusalem.

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