|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:
All photographs courtesy of Igal Morag http://morag.artvision.co.il
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|Fruit||Pri / Peirot||
פרי / פירות