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  • Writer's pictureLeann Shamash

Sukkot

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

What could be finer than the holiday of Sukkot which follows on the coattails or Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur. As we make transitions to a new year, to a new reading of Torah, to the autumn and to our new and better selves, we are commanded to build a booth, or a Sukkah. This poem is about the actions that follow the command.


Do you recognize yourself in some of these actions? Do you have any to add? Surely there are many that I missed.


Please check out some of the other posts about Sukkot, listed at the bottom of this page.


Wishing you a happy, busy and bountiful Sukkot.


In advance, Shabbat Shalom!


Leann


 


Sukkot


Yom Kippur is over.


Ahhhh,


A small sigh of relief

and a simple command


Build a sukkah.


A fragile dwelling.


Hmmmmm.


And so it begins..


Planning,

surveying,

listing,

comparing,

measuring,

shopping,

ordering,

driving,

buying,

shlepping,

transporting


and we haven’t yet begun!


Next come


sawing,

cutting,

dragging,

lifting,

shlepping,

(yes, some things are mentioned twice; thrice even!)

climbing,

attaching,

hammering,

hanging,

lighting,

reaching,

separating,

straightening,

stretching,

stringing,

sweeping!


And then there is searching.


Always a problem....


Then finding!!!!


Phew!


But,

still remains

clipping,

crimping,

cutting,

dusting,

gluing,

stringing

adjusting,

taping,

making,

hanging,

decorating


Ah, so beautiful!


Not finished yet!


There is still

checking,

shopping,

shopping

(Yes, written twice on purpose!)

chopping,

kneading,

paring,

peeling,

baking,

braiding,

broiling,

chopping,

mopping,

frying,

forming,

frosting,

freezing,

boiling,

icing,

dicing,

spicing,

washing,

wrapping,

simmering

steaming!


We're getting there!


Let's not forget


texting,

calling,

inviting,

greeting,

hugging,

welcoming,

hugging,

sniffing,

sniffling,

seating


This is important now...


Closer now

Closer, closer!


Squeezing,

squeezing,

squeezing,

squeezing,

and finally sitting!


Shmoooshing!


Voila, it’s a sukkah!


Under the full harvest moon,

wrapped in blue cloth,

covered with fragrant S'chach.

Filled with greenery.


Fragile, but so beautiful.


And now,

final verbs are the best!


Seeing,

hearing,

chatting,

whispering,

joking,

jesting,

sipping,

tasting,

eating,

drinking,

sharing,

shaking,

shmoozing,

recounting,

remembering,

reveling,

telling,

toasting,

appreciating,

smiling,

smiling

(twice on purpose because it is important!)

joking,

laughing,

giggling,

singing,

elevating


It begins and ends with blessing.


And so a command becomes a reality.


It is the journey that makes its completion so sweet.


לֵישֵׁב בַּסֻּכָּה








Leviticus 23:39-42

Mark, on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the yield of your land, you shall observe the festival of the LORD [to last] seven days: a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on the eighth day. On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. You shall observe it as a festival of the LORD for seven days in the year; you shall observe it in the seventh month as a law for all time, throughout the ages. You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths,

וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ דַּבֵּ֛ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לֵאמֹ֑ר בַּחֲמִשָּׁ֨ה עָשָׂ֜ר י֗וֹם לַחֹ֤דֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי֙ הַזֶּ֔ה חַ֧ג הַסֻּכּ֛וֹת שִׁבְעַ֥ת יָמִ֖ים לַיהֹוָֽה׃ בַּיּ֥וֹם הָרִאשׁ֖וֹן מִקְרָא־קֹ֑דֶשׁ כּל־מְלֶ֥אכֶת עֲבֹדָ֖ה לֹ֥א תַעֲשֽׂוּ׃ שִׁבְעַ֣ת יָמִ֔ים תַּקְרִ֥יבוּ אִשֶּׁ֖ה לַיהֹוָ֑ה בַּיּ֣וֹם הַשְּׁמִינִ֡י מִקְרָא־קֹ֩דֶשׁ֩ יִהְיֶ֨ה לָכֶ֜ם וְהִקְרַבְתֶּ֨ם אִשֶּׁ֤ה לַֽיהֹוָה֙ עֲצֶ֣רֶת הִ֔וא כּל־מְלֶ֥אכֶת עֲבֹדָ֖ה לֹ֥א תַעֲשֽׂוּ׃ אֵ֚לֶּה מוֹעֲדֵ֣י יְהֹוָ֔ה אֲשֶׁר־תִּקְרְא֥וּ אֹתָ֖ם מִקְרָאֵ֣י קֹ֑דֶשׁ לְהַקְרִ֨יב אִשֶּׁ֜ה לַיהֹוָ֗ה עֹלָ֧ה וּמִנְחָ֛ה זֶ֥בַח…




 

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