Shalom Bayit conducts an annual campaign, May Our Homes be a Shelter of Peace, during SukkotLit. Booths or huts Sukkot is the autumn harvest Festival of Booths, is celebrated starting the 15th of the Jewish month of Tishrei. Jews build booths (sukkot), symbolic of the temporary shelters used by the ancient Israelites when they wandered in the desert. Traditionally, Jews eat and sleep in the sukkah for the duration of the holiday (seven days in Israel and eight outside of Israel). The lulav (palm frond), willow, myrtle, and etrog fruit are also waved together. and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), to raise awareness about the plight of battered Jewish women. It urges all to “tie purple ribbons to your home or congregational sukkahLit. hut or booth A temporary hut constructed outdoors for use during Sukkot, the autumn harvest festival. Many Jews observe the mitzvah of living in the Sukkah for the week of Sukkot, including taking their meals and sleeping in the Sukkah. to honor those who have experienced abuse or who do not dwell in peace and safety in their own homes,” reciting the following prayer or similar. Resource materials are available from the organization, Tel. (510) 451-8874.
We bless the Divine Presence,
Whose wings shelter us with peace.
Redeemer of IsraelLit. ''the one who struggles with God.'' Israel means many things. It is first used with reference to Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:29), the one who struggles with God. Jacob's children, the Jewish people, become B'nai Israel, the children of Israel. The name also refers to the land of Israel and the State of Israel. Who brought us out of Egypt,
on this festival of Sukkot our thoughts turn
to those who dwell in fear and danger in their own homes.
With compassion and an outstretched arm,
bring them forth into freedom,
and shelter them in Your sukkah of peace.