Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Two very different sukkot

Happy Sukkot!
Tonight starts the week-long festival when we are supposed to eat and dwell in sukkot, temporary "booths" or "tabernacles."
This purple one is the most unusual sukkah I saw today in my little walk around the Jerusalem neighborhood Romema.
It's in the passageway that leads to the Central Bus Station.
The pattern on the fabric may have to do with the fact that the sukkah probably was put up by the owners of the shop there that sells India clothes from Goa.

The more typical sukkah for the more orthodox Jews has wooden sides with some palm branches on top.
The black cat was sleeping in the warm rays of the sun.
The cat's car looks muddy because we had rain last night, the second rain of the season.
Actually this is the only week of the rainy season that we don't want rain, as it would damage the pretty decorations in the sukkah.

The etrog is part of the "four species" (palm frond, myrtle and willow branches, and etrog) needed for the Sukkot ritual blessing.

At Judaism 101 you can learn everything you every wanted to know about this strange fruit, the etrog. And about Sukkot too.

This year I didn't make it to the special four species market, but you can see my photos from previous years among the Sukkot posts.
Moadim lesimcha--happy holiday!



Robin said...

That purple one is really pretty :). You had rain last night? I don't think we got a drop over here.

Chag sameach my friend, enjoy.

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Sara Lorayne said...

Happy Sukkot! And may the rains hold off till the end of next week.

You have reminded me that this would be a good time to watch my favorite Israeli movie, Ushpizin....

VP said...

The first one is really an eye catching sukkah!

Kay said...

I've seen some sukkots around town and thought of you. I remember when the kids used to have fun going to Jewish friends' homes and eating outside in the sukkot. They felt like they were going camping.

Lowell A. Anderson said...

And a happy holiday to you. I don't observe Sukkot, but some of my friends do. I love the cat sleeping on the car!

Patsy said...

We in U.S.A. are hearing the news about Gilad Schalit. Just hope it will be soon.

ρομπερτ said...

How interesting to learn. Impressed by the fact, that people are living their faith with such strength.
May time and life treat you all kind.

Theanne and Baron said...

the purple in that sukkot is quite beautiful...enjoyed Judaism 101...Happy Sukkot to you!

Cloudia said...

May Gilad eat with his family!

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Fran said...

Happy Sukkot!

Petrea Burchard said...

I imagine this year you don't mind rain, even this week, after the dry year you've had.

Rob and Mandy said...

And how does your own sukka look like?
Seen these purple fabrics before, but not in India (don't think anybody but tourists would buy them there). No: Camden Market in London. Used one of them as a curtain for a few years.

nathalie, Avignon said...

Fascinating traditions...
thanks for the links. No time to follow them now but I'd really like to know more about sukkot. Will try to come back later.

Pietro said...

Yes, fascinating traditions, interesting post.

JM said...

Happy Sukkot, Dina!