There Are Sukkahs in Times Square to Celebrate Sukkot

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Sukkot is an eight day-long Jewish holiday that this year goes from October 12th to the 21st. One of the traditions of the holiday is the building of a sukkah, a walled, tent-like structure covered in plant material. The sukkah is intended as a memorial of sorts of the time the Israelites spent in exile in the desert, and is designed to eat meals and sleep in during Sukkot. And now there's one in Times Square, memorializing the Israelites next to M&M World and Scores.

According to the New York Blueprint, the sukkah, located in the Ritz Plaza Firefighter's Memorial at 235 West 48th Street, is open to the public every day from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Built by real estate company Stonehenge Partners, the sukkah was designed as an ode to the Sukkah City project from last year in Union Square. The sukkah's facade features a blue sky, sunflowers, and ladybugs. Said Stonehenge Creative Director Michael Stern,

The most important part of the Sukkot observation is warm hospitality, and Stonehenge is pleased to host New Yorkers under the branches of our Sukkah and our rooftops within the city's skyline.

Elsewhere, Midtown's Chabad Lubavitch has built a sukkah in Bryant Park every year for the past decade. The large space can fit over 100 people. As Brocha Metzger, wife of Chabad Rabbi Joshua Metzger, told DNA Info, "It's just not just for Jewish people. It's a crossroads of the word. It's means to be a unifying holiday among all the people... a shelter, an oasis."

The sukkah will be up until the 21st. Not sure how tomorrow's Occupy Wall Street goings-on in Times Square will affect it.

[DNA Info, New York Blueprint]


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Each year as the Jews celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles it is a reminder of the kingdom to come, a time when Jesus Christ will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords that is according to Bible prophecy.

For 7 days during the Feast of Tabernacles each Fall, Jews build their succas, their thatched huts, and will live a portion of each day in the succa as a reminder of how their forefathers lived as they traveled for 40 years on their way to the promised land.  This Jewish celebration of Tabernacles has an interesting connection to an event in the life of Jesus Christ.  In Matthew 17 we have the record of the Transfiguration of Jesus which took place on Mt. Hermon near Caeserea Philippi in northern Israel.  Peter, James, and John, all disciples of Jesus, joined the Lord as did the glorified bodies of Elijah and Moses at the Transfiguration of Jesus when He also was in His resurrected glorified body.  Peter wanted to build 3 tabernacles or succas for the Lord, Elijah, and Moses (Matthew 7:4).  Peter thought that the Lord Jesus had set up His kingdom which is what the Feast of Tabernacles foretells prophetically.  

Jesus did not set up His kingdom at that time and its not in operation even today.  Jesus Christ will be given the kingdom by God the Father when the Lord Jesus returns to the earth (Daniel 7:13-14).  At that time, Jesus will be known at the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16).  The kingdom will indeed be set up after the 7 years of judgment on the earth at the Second Coming of Jesus.  Bible prophecy will be fulfilled. 

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