The Holiday of Sukkot is special at our school. We build the Sukka, a temporary hut, with the help of volunteers. The Parents PTO has decorated it with the children and everyone got to join the party at the Sukka.
Today, we made paper chains and pictures to decorate the Sukka with! We had lots of fun finding colorful paper and markers to use. We also learned about the scale of good and bad that Hashem judges us on for Yom Kippur. We each put two coins on the scale: one on the good side for something we’re proud of and one on the bad side for something that challenges us.
The Sukka, as described in the Torah, evokes the temporary dwellings the Israelites inhabited on their way out of Egypt. It is a hut built to provide shade. That’s why it must sit beneath the open sky—not under a patio deck or even the branches of a tree. The walls can be made of any material, as long as they are secure and don’t flap about in the wind. The roof, however, (we call it s’chach), must be of unprocessed materials which have grown from the ground. Bamboo poles, thin wooden slats, and evergreen branches are popular choices.
The sukkah commemorates the Clouds of Glory which surrounded and protected our ancestors during the forty-year desert sojourn which followed the Egyptian Exodus. Our willingness to leave the security of our homes and spend eight days in a flimsy outdoor hut demonstrates our faith in G‑d and His benevolence. It also shows how our belongings are temporary, while our care for each other, and the love we express in our family is stronger than any temporary hut.
We also learned a new song about the months of the Jewish calendar! It goes like this –
“Come come boys, come come girls
Come together to sing the song of the months
“בא בא ילדים
בא בא ילדות
בא ביחד נשיר את שיר החדשים