Had to think about that for a moment. And then I realized that I was part of the generation of kids who stayed outside until the streetlights came on. We played in the woods, on the hills, riding our bikes or metal skates (the kind where you needed a skate key) anywhere we wanted to go.
As a teen, I went to Jewish camps where the connection with nature was tangible. Friday evenings started with outdoor services; after dinner, we trudged through the woods to an open setting where enormous bonfires were set up. We sang until we got sleepy. Saturday nights, we stood in a huge circle as the stars came out, doing Havdalah.
In college, I met a guy who knew about real tent camping, an inexpensive getaway during our cash-strapped grad school years.
It’s no surprise, then, that Sukkot brings up all those memories for me.
Sukkot 2017 begins Wednesday, October 4th and ends the evening of Wednesday, October 11th.
Sukkah or picnic in the park
It is one of my favorite holidays. When our girls were young, we decorated a real sukkah my husband built or a screened porch with gourds, artwork, apples, fall leaves, and Indian corn. We lived in a warmer climate in those years, so there were many nights we could take our squash soup or pumpkin muffins or corn bread outside.
But having your own sukkah is not the only way to enjoy the holiday. Throw together a simple meal, grab the family, and find a picnic table in a nearby park. There, in the woods, away from electronics, you can experience what author Yehudit Warchow describes:
“as we sit in the sukkah, with only leaves for a roof, exposed to the wind, the rain and the cold, we become aware of our fragility in the face of the forces of nature and our dependence on it.”
More Sukkot ponderings
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