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We just had to post this after seeing the article on Read The Spirit

This newsletter is a trove of faith-based information and articles and we highly recommend signing up for it asap. Keep in mind lots of modern families aren't able to honor this tradition due to limited time, space and perhaps a less orthodox lifestyle. That said what a fun thing to do if the aforementioned aren't a problem and you can get creative :)

After seeing the picture of this sukkah and posting on Instagram we had a ton of people asking how and what!? Well, we haven't built one before so let's here from someone who has via the informative article on RTP. Here it is re-posted:

Sukkah picture from Jeremy Price
Sukkah picture from Jeremy Price

SUNSET SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: Dwelling outdoors becomes a popular goal for Jewish families this week, as the festival of Sukkot begins. From the solemn Yom Kippur just five days ago, Jews enter a joyous period during Sukkot—referred to, even, as Season of our Rejoicing.

The ancient tradition of Sukkot calls Jews to construct and dwell in temporary structures, called sukkahs, in memory of the ancient Israelites’ living quarters during their 40 years in the desert. Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and, as such, many sukkahs are decorated with autumn crops. In the U.S., it is not uncommon to see sukkahs decorated with gourds, pumpkins, squash and other foods associated with fall. Traditionally work is halted on the first and second days of Sukkot, with the days in between reserved for relaxation (though work is permitted on these days).


Though sukkahs may look vastly different, each must abide by specific rules and regulations. A sukkah must have at least 2.5 walls covered with a material that cannot be blown away by wind; the roof must be made of something that grew from the ground and was cut off, such as tree branches, corn stalks or wooden boards. The roof materials of a sukkah must be left loose, so that rain can get in and, preferably, the stars can be seen at nighttime.  A sukkah may be any size so long as a family can dwell in it, and many Jews spend as much time as possible in the sukkah. It is common to eat meals in the sukkah, and some Jews even choose to sleep in it. (Which is why it's brilliant to build around a table! Could you do that in your kitchen??)

Looking at the picture above we are thinking you need the following materials:

-12 pieces of bamboo about 6 feet long
-twine for binding corners and pieces together
-25-30 ish dried corn stalks for see-through walls and roof
-picnic or kitchen table
-baby gourds for decor
-a skylight for seeing stars if this is indoors!

- See more at: http://www.readthespirit.com/religious-holidays-festivals/sukkot-jews-dwell-in-temporary-structures-remembering-ancient-israelites/#sthash.1D8JC4zP.dpuf



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