Thank you all for bringing in such amazing treats for our edible Sukkah building activity. And special thanks to Jordan’s mom Bridget for helping us with the “construction!” I think it’s safe to say your children will always remember this holiday! And in case you’re wondering, Sukkot (sukkah in singular, and sukkot is plural) is celebrated for two reasons: first, the sukkah reminds us of the Israelites 40-year journey through the desert, from freedom to our ancestral homeland of Israel. Along the way, the Israelites built sukkot for sojourning (or, as I said to the students, for resting here and there) as they made their way to a society of free people. Secondly, sukkot were used in the fields when we, as a people, were primarily farmers. The journey from the edges of the fields to the farmers’ homes, which were likely small huts themselves, would have been too long an undertaking. So during harvest times, the farmers built sukkot for protection from the elements while harvesting the far reaches of their fields. Sukkot is indeed a harvest holiday.
This coming Sunday, we will be learning about Simchat Torah, also known as Zman Simchataynu, or the time of our rejoicing. Simchat Torah, which itself means Rejoicing with the Torah, is a very happy holiday J. If you could please read the chapter in the holiday book with your daughter/son before Sunday, the class activity will be much more fun for all. This chapter is on pages 49-55.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!