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October 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

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Families celebrate the Jewish festival of Sukkot


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Jonathan Greene serves lunch in his family's sukkah, a temporary, outdoor structure created for Sukkot, a weeklong Jewish festival that began at sundown, Sept. 30. The structure is symbolic of God's presence and protection of the Jewish people throughout the centuries. Hundreds of Jewish families in the Seattle-area eat their meals, and sometimes sleep in the structures, for the autumn festival referred to in Hebrew as Z'man Simchateinu or "Time of Our Rejoicing." The sukkah is also reminiscent of the structures the ancient Israelites lived in during their 40 years in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt.

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Autumn decorations adorn Jonathan Greene and wife Catherine Greene's sukkah in Northeast Seattle. The Jewish festival of Sukkot celebrates the God's protection of the Israelites, as well as the agricultural harvest.

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Shoshi Dershowitz, from left, her mother Susan Hankin, father William Dershowitz and Marion Kitz laugh over lunch inside the sukkah of Jonathan and Catherine Greene.

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Catherine Greene reads post-meal blessing from a prayer book inside her sukkah in Northeast Seattle.

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Eitan Greene sets the table for dinner in his family's sukkah. The temporary dwellings are made with roofs where visitors can see the stars and clouds. "It's symbolic of the cloud of glory that covered the Jewish people when they were in desert with Moses," said Jonathan Greene, his father.

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Jonathan Greene, right, talks to friends and family over dinner inside his family's sukkah, a temporary, outdoor structure created for Sukkot, a weeklong Jewish festival that began at sundown, Sept. 30. Greene estimates there are more than 40,000 Jews in the greater Seattle area.

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A portrait of Catherine Greene is taken outside her sukkah in Northeast Seattle. "It's a biblical commandment to rejoice during the festival of Sukkot," said Jonathan Greene, her husband.

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