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What is the Blessing for eating in the Sukkah?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Throughout the holiday of Sukkot, when eating certain foods in the Sukkah we recite the following blessing:

Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha'olam asher kid-sha-nu b'mitz-vo-sav v'tzi-vanu lay-shave ba-sukkah.
[Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to dwell in the sukkah.]

This blessing is recited after the regular food blessing is recited, before partaking of the food.


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Sukkot
A seven day autumn festival commemorating the miracle of the Heavenly Clouds which enveloped the Jews while traveling in the desert for forty years. On this holiday we dwell in makeshift booths and shake the Four Species.
Sukkah
The temporary structure in which we are required to dwell for the duration of the holiday of Sukkot. The Sukkah must have at least three walls and its roof consists of unsecured branches, twigs or wooden slats.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.