While walking through the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, I had to smile at this man.
I asked him if it was a heavy burden, carrying the Temple into Jerusalem.
He gave a kind smile and said no.
He agreed to a photo and was about to set the model on a bench so I could snap a picture.
I said "No, no, wait! The best part is how you carry it!"
Today and all week we celebrate Sukkot.
Sukkot is one of the three festivals that were celebrated (until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE) with mass pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem and are therefore known as the “pilgrimage festivals.” (See more here.)
Deuteronomy 16 instructs us about the pilgrimage up to Jerusalem and the Temple:
13 “You shall keep the feast of booths seven days, when you make your ingathering from your threshing floor and your wine press; 14 you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your manservant and your maidservant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. 15 For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place which the Lord will choose; because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful..
16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God at the place which he will choose: at the feast of unleavened bread, at the feast of weeks, and at the feast of booths.
They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed; 17 every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which he has given you.
(Linking to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)