Gedolim pictures in lobby of office

The flimsy nature of the sukkah can represent the uncertainty in our own lives.

This feels especially resonant in 2021.

We do not know what the future holds. Who will be struck by Covid, or wildfires, or hunger, or financial collapse, or any other multitude of possibilities?  

And so my friends, this is where joy enters.

If it is true that our lives are like sukkot, here for a brief period of time, precarious, temporary structures that are vulnerable to the elements, why wouldn’t we choose to live our life in joy?

Gazing up at the night sky, through the sukkah’s schach, to see the stars we can admire the beauty in our world and dream of brighter days.

Even with all the precariousness of  the sukkah, why wouldn’t we choose to experience the best of what life can offer?

Precisely because we do not know what life has in store for us is why Judaism teaches us specifically on Sukkot to live in joy. to appreciate the good in our lives and focus on what G-d has given us. 

To experience life in its sweetness, with family, with friends (if possible), with good food, with learning, with love, and with laughter.

So, I invite you, despite of all of life’s challenges, to find some time to celebrate this chag (and beyond) in joy!

ושמחת בחגך

The aviation world never rests… definitely not over the chagim

When I was a junior engineer I was able to get away with taking leave and spending the entire chol ha’moed with my family but now as a senior engineer I am expected to be around to pick up the slack.

Pesach is not that difficult as I anyway have to clean my office and I just bring matzot to eat, but how does one manage with a sukkah?

In previous years there’s always been a sukkah positioned outside the cafeteria but last year the guy in charge of erecting them was in quarantine due to corona.

Consequently, I had to come up with a plan or starve for a week…

B”H my kids found a roll of schach that had been discarded in our neighborhood prior to sukkot which I took with me to work.

Then using an upturned table and the corner of a building, a colleague and I were able to make a small sukkah for myself on the roof of my office.

It’s not every year that I get to sit in a sukkah of just 7 by 7 tefachim, and take turns eating because there is no space for more than one person to sit inside at a time – But it definitely brought the geroma that discusses the minimum requirements to life!

Hopefully this year we will be a bit more organized.

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