For the eight days and seven nights of Sukkot, Jews traditionally eat and sleep in a sukkah, a temporary dwelling with a thatched roof, from which the holiday gets its name.

This practice is based on the verse: "Every resident among the Israelites shall live in booths, in order that your [ensuing] generations should know that I had the children of Israel live in booths when I took them out of the land of Egypt" (Leviticus 23:42-43). The sukkah is a physical remembrance of the "clouds of glory" that surrounded and protected the Israelites as they wandered the desert after escaping from Egypt.

From suburban backyards to urban fire-escapes, in the woods and in city parks, Jews gather in sukkot to acknowledge their fragile place in the world, to remember that God alone provides protection. Check out and contribute to our sukkah collection below...

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  • Union Square, Manhattan

  • From <a href="https://twitter.com/saadyahtzvi">@saadyahtzi</a>

  • Sukkat Chalom (Sukkah of Dreams) at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.

  • The sukkah at <a href="http://www.tulanehillel.org/TulaneHillel/Tulane_Hillel___Home.html">Tulane University's Hillel</a>. "We were trying to create walls from a structure and a skin -- like a human form. the structure is aluminum and aircraft cable, and the skin is plywood milled to create star openings and the word sukkah in Hebrew and English." -- Allison Schiller, sukkah designer for <a href="https://twitter.com/TulaneHillel">@TulaneHillel</a>

  • Manhattan Sukkah

    *photo credit Sjimon den Hollander

  • Bryant Park in Manhattan via <a href="https://twitter.com/Shmuli">@Shmuli</a>

  • Toronto via <a href="https://twitter.com/anshelMark">@AnshelMark</a>

  • Jewish visitors sit inside a Sukkah near the site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, as they celebrate the holiday of Sukkot in the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. The Sukkah huts commemorate the temporary, portable dwellings in which the Jewish people lived during their 40-year sojourn in the wilderness that followed their liberation from slavery in Egypt. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

  • University of Rhode Island Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • Full moon over sukkah in Berkeley, Calif., via <a href="https://twitter.com/greendoula">@greendoula</a>

  • From <a href="https://twitter.com/sashabii">@sashabii</a>

  • We've decorated the sukkah with large posters of various monuments of Jewish visual culture at Vassar College.

  • A tourist from Cameroon views a sukkah, a temporary Jewish ritual hut, for the holiday of Sukkot, in the heart of a former Jewish neighborhood in Warsaw Poland, on Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012. The celebration of the holiday comes as Poland

  • Sukkat Sameach -- The Sukkah of Joy.

  • Hofstra Hillel's sukkah via <a href="https://twitter.com/StanCherian">@StanCherian</a>

  • Baltimore, Md., via Rabbi David Greenspoon

  • Brooklyn, from <a href="https://twitter.com/RUZER_DOAHD">@RUZER_DOAHD</a>

  • via the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=430729546962232&set=a.217592288275960.48208.183828361652353&type=1&theater&notif_t=like">Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta</a>

  • Building a sukkah at Queens College.

  • Building a sukkah at Queens College

  • Univ. of Wisconsin Hillel Foundation from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • From HuffPost blogger <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-aaron-alexander/">Rabbi Aaron Alexander</a>

  • via <a href="https://twitter.com/MochinRechavim">@MochinRechavim</a>

  • HuffPost Religion blogger <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eitan-press/">Eitan Press</a> in Jerusalem.

  • Rutgers Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • Georgetown University Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • UMBC Hillel fom the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • Manhattan Sukkah

    *photo credit Sjimon den Hollander

  • Boston University Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • <a href="http://www.facebook.com/southsidechabad">Chabad of Southside</a> in Jacksonville, Fla.

  • George Mason University Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • Brookline, Mass., via <a href="https://twitter.com/sherigurock">@sherigurock</a>

  • Stony Brook Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • Elon Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • UMBC Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • Hillel at Davis and Sacramento from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • Georgetown University Hillel from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • An early morning shot of a quiet moment for the Barshop JCC Sukkah.

  • In Paris, France via <a href="https://twitter.com/mllesosso">@milesosso</a>

  • Found on the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=448851811824760&set=a.128024363907508.10539.125342830842328&type=1&theater" target="_hplink">Jews News Facebook</a> page.

  • Michal Sumdon, left, from Poland and Taul Juin from France builds a sukkah, a temporary Jewish ritual hut, for the holiday of Sukkot, in the heart of a former Jewish neighborhood in Warsaw Poland, on Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012. The celebration of the holiday comes as Poland

  • Sukkah of Chabad in Des Moines, Iowa from <a href="https://twitter.com/chassidicvegan">@ChassidicVegan</a>.

  • Hillel of Buffalo from the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151215197953331.473690.77273593330&type=1&l=db12d424cd">Sukkot Around Hillel photo collection</a>.

  • Inside the sukkah of Chabad in Des Moines, Iowa, an explanation of the <a href="http://beta.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4485/jewish/The-Ushpizin.htm">Ushpizin (guests) ritual</a> of Sukkot. Via <a href="https://twitter.com/chassidicvegan">@ChassidicVegan</a>.

  • Sukkah at the Nargila Grill in the Upper East Side via <a href="https://twitter.com/OGmikevick">@OGmikevick</a>

  • The materials and decorations of the Sukkah at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center come from within a 1-mile radius.

  • Sukkat Chalom (Sukkah of Dreams) at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.

  • In Paris, France via <a href="https://twitter.com/mllesosso">@milesosso</a>

  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men cast a shadow onto a Sukkah where others sit near the site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, as they celebrate the holiday of Sukkot in the West Bank city of Hebron, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

  • A room with a view! Chag Sameach from Temple Israel in Memphis.