Sukkot Insanity – A Replica of a Thing That Does Not Exist

I always puzzled over what is it that Americans call “the holidays”. In Israel, it’s usually a phrase denoting the rather ghastly period at the end of September and throughout October in which an Israeli has to endure Rosh Ha’Shana, the Jewish new year, Yom Kippur, the day when you just HAVE to be sorry in, and now, last but definitely least, Sukkot.

See, it makes some sense to have a somewhat arbitrary date and base your calender on it, and commemorate in one way or another the first day in it. Of course, us Jews (speaking of those who actually buy into Jewish mythology) often sprinkle it with rituals, occult meanings and last but definitely extremely least: horrible traditional songs.

It also makes some oblique sense to have a day in which everyone in the land says “I’m sorry” and pretends to mean it simply because this day was (now definitely) arbitrarily made up by some acolyte more than 2,000 years ago.

But, as so happens in the slippery slope (read downward spiral) of the rational mind inflicted with ancient and non-amenable religion, indeed we gradually become to the most ridiculous celebration of all. Sukkot is by far a senior-ranking instance of the stupidest holidays ever to be canonized by an entire people.

The reason I’m saying all of this is because no serious archaeologist has any doubt that there was never, not even once, anything even remotely similar to the exodus event. I think the only time in history where a really large population of Jews trekked the desert areas from Palestine to Egypt was actually the other way around, when the IDF crossed the Suez canal and kicked modern, Arabian Egypt’s ass on the 6-days war.

It is, actually, far more likely that the ancient Israelites were just another bunch of desert tribesmen, and if there’s one thing that tribesmen like to do, is to make up amazing bullshit stories about their legendary past.

Sukkot is actually a still-used word in Hebrew that means “huts”. Well, not exactly huts, more like makeshift oblong yurts. Obviously, since no ancient Israelites ever built real “Sukkot” while trekking an unlikely 40-years period in the desert, no one actually ever built “the right kind of Sukkot” like the Israelites did.

This is because Exodus never really happened and it’s just a stupid, ancient myth.

As I am writing this, a Suka (singular for Sukkot) is standing erect about 15 meters away from me (I live on the first floor). I was able to witness its 30-minutes-long erection (that is the only thing I can find enviable in a Suka). It’s outlined, like most modern-Israeli-variety Sukkot, by steel or iron thin bars, nailed to each other to make a completely bare skeleton of a hut. The Suka is covered with canvas or some cheap synthetic substitute, usually adorned with Torah verses and filled with mystic artifacts with silly symbolic meanings.

A traditional, exact replica of an ancient Israeli Suka

A traditional, exact replica of an ancient Israeli Suka

The Sukkot are, as Christians and possibly even Muslims as well might know, a homage to the jerry-rigged huts the Israelites built in their non-existent flight from Egypt, making it quite staggeringly a nation-wide effort to build quasi-replicas of structures that never existed in the first place.

This past month is just one national insanity after another. I love my country, but sometimes I really wish I could just get out of this madhouse. The fact that millions of fellow countryman are happily conducting one stupid, inane ritual after another without even for an instance questioning or doubting it really, really gives me the creeps..

2 Comments »

  1. jeffsdeepthoughts Said:

    My understanding has always been that main stream archeologists agree:
    1) There was a large population of Jews in Egypt.
    2) A group of foriegners (not Jews) ran the show in Egypt for a while.
    3)Egypt got rid of those foriegners and fell into a xenophobic, racist period. During this period Jews and other foriegners were opressed and virtually enslaved.
    4) Eventually Israel ends up with a bunch of Jews.

    I’m curious about the alternative hypothesis.
    Did the Jews in Egypt simply die out and the Jews in Israel get there some other way?
    Was there a tiny migration of a few Jews?
    Any links or suggested reading on this topic? It’s a position I’ve never even heard of. I’m curious to find out more about this position.

  2. Freidenker Said:

    Hi Jeff!

    Well, the reason yuo won’t find any reading material about the evidence for exodus is, well, because none such exists. Naturally, hundreds of thuosands of Jews walking around Sinai for 40 years would leave huge amounts of evidence. It is possible that Jews lived in Egypt, but for some reason, the egyptian records of the relevant time gives no mention of them. This is information I remember acquiring through videos of archaeologists who reported the non-existence of evidence and what Israeli papers say all the time (since this stuff was usually in Hebrew, there’s no point for me to publish them here)

    At any rate, the non-evidence for Exodus shouldn’t be a reason not to believe in it if you already take some of the things written in the bible as allegorical.

    It is also possible that Jews lived in Egypt but the Egyptians gave no mention of them (and the remains left no sign of Jewish populations- in Palestine, whole settlements were found with no trace of pork meat eaten in them – this constitutes good evidence for the Jewish population in ancient Canaan)

    I can dig up and find the source for this, but I do remember one archaeologist saying that Jews were probably descendent from a desert tribe (or tribes) originating from Jordan or Mesopotamia. This makes sense, since it doesn’t require any miraculous treks through Egypt and Sinai.

    Also, there IS evidence of ancient Jewish settlements and the dating of those settlements is concordant with the biblical record, with one rather embarrassing exception:
    all those wonderful cities and towns, and the powerful and terrorizing “Kingdom of Israel” led by David and Solomon (both two figures that unlike other biblical kings, have no written records of them) – they were far, very far, from being huge or wondrous. In fact, the only thing the evidence points down to is tiny villages and provincial towns. It is most likely that the Jewish nation was just another local faction of tribes with its own, partially plagiarised folklore. (For example, the story of Noah’s Ark is amazingly similar to the tales of Gilgamesh, which are originally from Sumeria, a much more ancient culture than the Israelites)

    Again, I wish to stress out that the non-existence of physical evidence of Exodus (if there was any, it’d be huge and debating this would be pointless) is no reason not to believe in it for anyone who accepts supernaturalism – but as a naturalist who takes the corroborated testimonies of the bible to be physically true, in the case of Exodus, this is simply not the case.


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