10/02/2012 04:30 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2012

Sukkahs: Jews Eat, Sleep And Give Thanks In Temporary Huts For Sukkot (PHOTOS)

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...



Sukkahs for Sukkot