||[Oct. 6th, 2006|06:44 pm]
Our neighbors are orthodox Jews so Dina and I get to learn about a ton of holidays we never knew about. It's pretty fun ... today I'm sitting there eating dinner and I hear construction work. Look out the window and our neighbors are building some weird structure on their deck (which pretty much touches our deck, being San Francisco) ....|
A bit later, after finding a page to map between the Jewish calendar and the 2006 "Civil" calendar, we find:
So they're building a sukkah. I wonder if they'll be sleeping in it.
I stayed in a sukkah in the Israeli desert. Was cozy with blankets.
The Jewish group at my school back east built a sukkah every year outside the campus center. It was pretty cool.
2006-10-07 03:19 am (UTC)
I have a sudden urge for pork.. :)
2006-10-07 04:07 am (UTC)
aw, man... i have to concede a genuine lol for that one. don't tell prof griff.
I'm not Orthodox, but I build a sukkah anyway. Pictures
. This year once again it rained just as the holiday was starting, so I didn't get the thing done in time.
2006-10-07 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not actually sure my neighbors are Orthodox or not. I guess I just used that as an adjective for "seem to observe more Jewish things than anybody else I've known".
My folks build one and they're not Orthodox. I built a little one
for the twins' preschool. It's a fun excuse to use power tools every year.
part of my job is listening to phone calls to trouble shoot voice issues. a day or so ago i heard some guy kept talking about how all the jews in his neighborhood were building these tents and I had no idea what it was about.
The first sukkot I ever saw was when I was 7 and was at Wattenmaker's home for Steve's birthday party. His father, two uncles and grandfather were in their back yard building the sukkoh. I thought it was a beautiful and touching custom. Not only Orthodox Jews observe this custom, but many Conservative and some Reform Jews as well. I love to imagine a young Jesus helping St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary build their sukkoh in Nazareth more than 2,000 years ago. In a book I read recently about the Rothschild banking family, there was a description of the Rothschilds preparing for the Feast of the Tabernacles by building their sukkoh in the tiny garden of the family home (called the House of the Green Shield) in the Juddengasse of Frankfurt in the 1700s.
2006-10-07 05:07 pm (UTC)
It must be that time again. My friend's kids are probably suffering in dad's hastily slapped together sukkah shivering and wet. But then, that seems to be (part of) the point.