It’s that time of the year: Sukkot! For those non-MOT (members of the tribe) out there, Sukkot is a Jewish holiday that involves creating a temporary structure or dwelling. As per Wikipedia, “the sukkah is intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which, according to the Torah, the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah and some people sleep there as well. A sukkah is also for the temporary dwelling in which agricultural workers would live during harvesting.”
We don’t sleep there (because you know, Philadelphia in October), but for the past several years Joe has put up a sukkah, and it’s a tradition that the kids love.
Joe does the lion’s share of the work, but he does need a little help since he doesn’t have four arms. This year, there was a near Sukkah disaster as we put it up (apparently I am also not strong enough to hold it up myself), but all was eventually well.
Elijah was a big helper and even got to use some power tools. I was definitely not part of that decision because I am 33 and still intimidated by power tools, but Elijah (under Joe’s careful guidance) did quite well.
Unfortunately, while we made sure the beams and boards were secure enough to not fall on our children’s little heads, the kids themselves got a little bored.
So we made paper chains.
Lots and lots and lots of paper chains.
Sukkot officially started Wednesday night, but the kids love it so much we have eaten dinner out there pretty much every night since we put the sukkah up.
We celebrate with friends, neighbors, and coworkers and share the tradition of shaking the lulav and etrog. The reason for all that shaking is here.
It’s such a refreshing time to be outside, enjoying the deliciously crisp fall air and good company.