March 27, 2007
Breadcrumb: This year with designer leaves!
During the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, the Israelites were commanded to live in booths for seven days (Lev. 23:42-43). While there are many rabbinic laws for what, exactly, constitutes these booths (or Sukkahs), the short version is that they are temporary structures with at least two and a half walls, and roofs made of a material that grew from the ground and was cut, like tree branches or sticks. Today, Sukkahs are often decorated, and some of my fondest childhood memories involve sticking pieces of fruit and other decorations to the walls of my family's Sukkah. However, living in Canada, we did not actually sleep in it. There is a fine line between religious observance and hypothermia.