This first appeared in the October 2020 edition of our monthly newsletter. View the archives »

The sukkah, the hut or booth in which we are commanded to live for, the Feast of Tabernacles, is really designed to be transitory. The roof is supposed to be less rather than more, so that one can see the stars.There is no real expectation that it will protect one from the rain, so we are told in the Mishnah to come in out of the soup is going to be spoiled.The walls of the walls of the sukkah should be enough to withstand some wind, but it is in no way a secure shelter.

In a year that has seen so many changes in our lives, I think that the mitzvah, the commandment, of living in the sukkah for a week is a powerful reminder of how quickly things can change. We may plan, but the outcome is never assured. There can be an abundant harvest one year followed by a meager harvest the next.We are reminded to be thankful for what we have in that moment, because there is no telling what the next moment will bring.

I am thankful for many things as we begin Sukkot. Thank you to everyone who helped make our High Holy Days beautiful this year. We celebrated the start of 5781 as a sacred community in the face of great change with a few challenges. The beautiful services would not have happened without you. Thank you to Nathan Levy and the Men’s Club for putting up our sukkah, and to everyone who helped to decorate it this week.

Chag Sameach! Happy Sukkot!