Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Living In A Booth

If you saw my Silent Sunday last week and read the comments you'll know what this is all about. If not, I'll recap. This week is the Jewish festival of Sukkot (Booths). To commemorate the temporary dwellings of the Israelites as they wandered in the desert for 40 years, we build our own temporary dwellings and , well, we dwell in them for a week.

The rules are that the sukkah has to have at least three temporary walls, and a natural roof (branches or wood/reed mats) through which you can see the sky.

They have sprung up all over the place. On balconies, in gardens, next to cafes so clients can eat in them, in car parks and even parking spaces. Inside we decorate them (think Christmas) with paper chains, tinsel and paper lanterns.

Here are a few pictures from Jerusalem...


  1. I love how they're all over the place - I imagined them to be just in people's gardens. thanks, very interesting post.

    1. Absolutely all over the place. It's quite amazing to see actually.

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    1. What? Why aren't you joining in?
      Liska xx

    2. We are eating in other people's sukkas. Usually only the men and the boys sleep in them as the women and girls aren't obligated to. We used to have one in England when we had a garden but it was always too wet and cold to sleep in it.

  3. Oh wow! I loved the night time ones - they looked magical, all lit up. I had no idea about this festival - it looks lovely! X.

  4. I love the night time ones too, great colours! :)

  5. Tbh I didn't choose the most beautiful sukkot for the daylight shots so i also prefer the night time photos.