Sukkah Samaritan’s Style


The Samaritan sect celebrate Sukkot every year, just as the world’s Jews do. There are however, several differences, making the Samaritan sukkah a unique experience.

While Jews build their sukkah outside the home, the Samaritans build their in-doors. The given reason goes 1,500 years back to Byzantine times. The Samaritans were prosecuted and their Sukkot often suffered vandalism acts from their neighbors. The custom began for safety and remained until these days.

The Samaritan sukkah itself is a beautiful piece of art. The ceiling “Skhakh”, is typically made as a scene of fruit created around a topic selected by the family. The Samaritan sukkot are known for their exceptional beauty and they became an attraction to other Israelis enjoying the colorful experience and hospitality.

Being rebuilt indoors each year, Samaritan sukkah has a different structure. Many homes have permanent wall and ceiling mounts facilitating the assembly of the sukkah frame. Most of the attention and effort goes into the decoration. Each sukkah decoration has an associated topic. Different fruits are brought (can reach well over a hundred Kilos) and nested to a colorful scene, while serving as the sukkah ceiling, the equivalent to the Jewish S’khakh.


A Flower Sukkah:

סוכת הפרח

All photographs courtesy of Igal Morag

More information about Samaritans:

סוכת ה 60
60th Anniversary Sukkah
סוכת מנשה
Sukkh of Menashe
סוכת בתיה צדקה   Sukkah of Batia Tzedaka
סוכת הקונוס 
Cone Sukkah Design
סוכת העיגול 
The Circle Sukkah Design
סוכת המגן דוד 
The Start of David Sukkah Design

More posts relating Samaritans can be found under “Jewish History” category.

E-H Dictionary

English How pronounced Hebrew
Ceiling Tikrah


Fruit Pri / Peirot

פרי / פירות

Hospitality Hakhnasat-Orkhim

הכנסת אורחים

structure Mivneh


Custom Minhag







One Response to Sukkah Samaritan’s Style

  1. Darren says:

    wow – incredible! never seen anything like this. thanks for sharing!

    One note – you have “Minhag” misspelled as “Minhaf” in your Hebrew table.


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