Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children play between Sukkahs built for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Jerusalem. AP

Why Do Jews Erect Booths During Sukkot?

The Bible ties building booths on Sukkot to Exodus, but another explanation may lie in ancient Ugaritic tablets about a Canaanite supplication to Baal.

The most important custom of Sukkot is erecting booths in which Jews traditionally eat, pray and often sleep during the entire weeklong holiday. In fact, Sukkot is Hebrew for “booths.” But where did this...

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