Thursday, October 4, 2007

New Thing #193: L'chaim!

Today I visited the Chabad Loft Sukkah in Union Square. Built to celebrate the festival of Sukkot, a Sukkah, is a roofless structure where observers do all their sleeping, eating and studying (and sleeping, depending on the nature of their faith). The one in Union Square will offer Shabbat services today and Friday, as well as reservations for Yomtov/Shabbat meals. I didn't go in, because I'm a shiksa and wanted to respect the holiness of the structure, but the Orthodox Jews manning the doors were happy to offer information, including to say that the Sukkah is built entirely from organic material, and that it symbolizes a lack of material goods and the idea that anything of true value comes from God.

2 comments:

Kathleen said...

We had a Sukkah at work! There's something about eating dinner under a tent of palm fronds...

Anonymous said...

A sukkah is a temporary dwelling reminiscent of the huts the jews lived in as they wandered the desert
Sukkot commemorates how G-d protected the Jewish people and how we should put our faith in him.