|Bukharan family in their sukka (circa 1900). Note the man on the right holding the citron and palm branch.|
(Library of Congress collection) Compare this sukka to one photographed in Samarkand 40 years earlier
Several photographs include the Jewish celebrants holding four species of plants traditionally held during prayers on the Sukkot holiday -- a citron fruit and willow, myrtle and palm branches.
Even though the sukka is a temporary structure, some families moved their furniture and finery into the sukka, as is evident in some of the pictures.
|A Yemenite Jew named Yehia |
holding the 4 species in the sukka
Yehia, the Yemenite Jew pictured here, was almost certainly part of a large migration of Jews who arrived in Jerusalem in the 1880s, well before the famous "Magic Carpet" operation that brought tens of thousands to the new state of Israel during 1949 and 1950.