"How [does one fulfill] the mitzvah of dwelling in the sukkah? One should eat, drink, and live in the sukkah, both day and night, as one lives in one’s house on the other days of the year: for seven days a person should make his home his temporary dwelling, and his sukkah his permanent dwelling." (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 639:1)
God says . . . “I have one easy mitzvah, and sukkah is its name.” (Talmud, Avodah Zarah 3a)
I have finally shot a few sukkah pictures to show you, now that we are already half-way through the week of the Sukkot holiday. The one above is typical for my village in the Jerusalem Hills where the moshavniks have plenty of space.
Many communities decorate the sukkah with posters on the walls or by hanging fresh fruits or other decorations from the sechach beams. Some, like Chabad Chassidim, have the custom not to put in decorations, as the sukkah itself is considered an object of beauty.
This plain big sukkah-hut is one of several in the garden of a restaurant at Beit Ticho, an art gallery in Jerusalem. You think they serve hut cuisine inside? :)
Yesterday I ventured into Geula, a strictly ultra-Orthodox (haredi) neighborhood, home to different segments of Chassidic and Lithuanian Judaism. My stealth photo shows a small plywood sukkah/booth/hut.
Look at this apartment building in a narrow Geula lane! Click to see it full-page. Sukkahs everywhere--on the roof, on the little balconies, even protruding from the corner.
Moadim lesimcha (the greeting said on the intermediate days of the holiday) and Shabbat shalom to you.