A Sukkah Arises

Here’s our sukkah with only one whole side up and two half sides.

sukkah with no schach
Here it is with all four sides up (or 3 and 3/4 sides), but no schach on the top. The schach needs to be there for it to be a kosher sukkah.

Above is the completed sukkah, with schach on the top, decorations on the walls and decorations hanging from the top. The Hebrew words painting on the front say Bruhim HaBaim, which means: “Welcome”.

Jerusalem painting into the sukkah
This is the painting of Jerusalem I did directly on the sukkah wall about nine years ago.

Lots of fish! Saved over the years from each child, the children did this craft of a fish swallowing a man before Yom Kippur as a way to learn about the Book of Yonah. One of my children must have done it in both nursery and kindergarten, as I only have three children.

One of my favorite details of the sukkah are these grapes I painted into the corner one year.

If you have been reading my blog recently, you may remember this post of my gourd/squash that was growing in my front yard. Now the vine is gone, and all the remaining gourds are hanging from the sukkah.

We will be eating all of our meals in the sukkah until next Monday. The “yom tov” part of Sukkot lasts for us until Wednesday night, so I won’t be going online until maybe Thursday morning. I look forward to hearing from you, whether you celebrate this holiday or not!

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19 thoughts on “A Sukkah Arises

  • What a lovely, homey sukkah. I’ll be posting pictures of ours soon, but they’re a bit different ;-).

    Chag sameach. Enjoy your sukkah and may the skies stay dry for you.

  • I asked my husband if he had a sukkah, but they lived in NY city and they are reformed…but he did tell me of an adventure he had which I will have to write about some time…

  • Dear Leora,
    Interesting reading, your blog. I am ignorant about so many things also concerning Christian culture. Judaism is the foundation and offspring of my culture. I think i Norwegian Bible the sukkah is called the “leaf-hall feast”.
    Reading your blog teaches me step by step what I ought to have known decades ago.
    Thank you for making it so interesting.
    From Felisol

  • Moadim L’Simchah.
    That gourd really adds a nice splash of color. How many of them do you have hanging in your succah?
    Painting directly on the wood is a great idea – especially when the paintings are as beautiful as yours are.

  • Robin, yeah, yours does look yummy.
    Michelle, unfortunately, the knowledge of too many Jews ends at Yom Kippur. Sukkot is when the fun begins.
    Jannie, glad to teach your about our Jewish traditions.
    Felisol, how interesting to hear about a Norwegian “leaf-hall”.
    Magiceye, glad you stopped by.
    Baila, I look forward to visiting you someday.
    Mrs. S., I think I hung five of those gourds?
    ID, no rain at all! Perfect weather.
    Gail, glad you like my J’lem painting.

  • I love your paintings in the sukkah – especially the one of Jerusalem – just lovely!

    It’s so nice to see everyone else’s sukkah…especially those from outside our area – we have the very warm, humid and rainy weather here in Florida to contend with here so we rarely see a sukkah here that is made of wood. We visited one this year that was all PVC pipe and plastic trellis…I’ll be stealing that plastic trellis idea next year to replace our shadecloth walls.

    Moadim L’Simcha.

  • Lovely. Please tell me, how did you hang up your gourd? I see some plastic around the top…I have tried over the years hanging various and sundry gourds but have not found a perfect way to do it: drill a hole near the top and string it through? Tie a strong knot around the narrow neck and hang?
    This year, no kids for start of chag (even though the “kids” are all adults)we didn’t hang nearly as much as in previous years…no energy!

  • Lady-Light, thanks for visiting! The other gourds my husband hung, and I think they had crooked tops, so they stayed up without extra fussing. The “plastic” that you see is mailing tape. I put it on top of the string that was tied on the top of the gourd. (I was going to use duct tape, but that would be rather on the ugly side. Duct tape holds anything together.) And then I added a little prayer that it would not fall unto anyone’s head.

  • Really nice paintings you did on your succah.

    the bottom fish is made from a plate? If it is, then wow they must be big fish. Interesting that I see the same I on two of the fishes like the last one.

    I’ve never seen a squash like that, the yellowish orange part turns green?

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