Monday, October 13, 2014

Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors! #150

Welcome back to our little meme!
I'm taking a short break this week to share some local window and door news from here in Israel. These past few weeks have been a major holiday season in Judaism, kicking off with Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year. We then rolled into Yom Kippur, and a mere four days later, into our less-worldwide-known harvest festival, called Sukkot. In a few days we'll have Simchat Tora, which is a very fun and festive grande finale to this action-packed season.

But back to Sukkot - as you may recall, we build small huts, and each one is called a Sukka (the word Sukkot is the plural of Sukka). The walls of a sukka can be made of almost anything; I've even seen sukkot that were built out of bales of hay! Talk about good insulation :)

I'd say that the majority of sukkot here in Israel are pre-fab - they're generally metal poles that fit together, with cloth walls surrounding. These are lovely, airy and breezy, perfect for sitting outside and relaxing, just now, when summer is winding down and temperatures are comfy. As an example, here's the very basic sukka that we have here at my office:

The roof of the sukka, as you can see, is a trickier thing - it needs to be made of something natural, like leaves, or bamboo. It can't be solid, and it can't be man-made. When we sit in a sukka, we commemorate the 40 years that the Jews wandered in the desert, without roofs over our heads, completely dependent on God.

Anyway, since my family lives with direct exposure to a valley (as you surely recall) which provides serious winds, we make our sukka out of wood. We just semi-enclose our already existing balcony. And this year, I added another small window! As my brother pointed out, at this rate, our entire sukka will soon be transparent :)

My son, who is now almost a full head taller than me, asked that we not hang too many decorations from the ceiling this year, as he'll just bump into them :)

Thanks for joining me on this quick holiday tour! Please join me again next week, as we continue to see photos from our North American vacation, this past summer.

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Have a wonderful, whimsical week, everyone!


Mascha said...

We stayed last week in a Jewish Museum and just talked about Sukka - very interesting to see how this tradition is translated into everyday life.

Dina said...

Thanks for showing us your sukkah. Moadim lesimcha.

I offer a picture of a nice man in Jerusalem carrying the Second Temple with all its glorious windows and doors!

Fun60 said...

What an interesting post. I have not heard of a sukkah before.

Gerald (SK14) said...

an interesting series of photos

Ralph said...

Your Sukka is nice - not pretentious, but elegant in its simplicity. A roof and walls to protect, it appears to be perfect for the holiday. The height issue we understand perfectly - our son got tall in a hurry and started to impact low hanging anything from the ceiling. Have a nice and active holiday!

photodoug said...

Thanks for sharing your sukka.

Anonymous said...

It looks like a fun commemoration of a hard time in the desert:) Didn't know that people also decorate it from the inside.