In our backyards, on our porches, and outside our synagogues, Jews mark the fall harvest by building sturdy—yet fragile—structures out of natural materials, symbolizing both human vulnerability and God’s protection. No harvest holiday is complete without its fertility symbols, and Sukkot—when we wave the lulav and etrog—is no exception. Welcome Jewish women from throughout the ages into your sukkah as ushpizot, honored guests. Enjoy the crisp autumn air as you decorate your sukkah, then spend time with friends and family, celebrating your blessings and committing to sharing your bounty with others.
Sukkot invites us to live more fully present lives.
The sukkah is one profound place to remember the effects of global scorching on all of us.
Every once in a long while, different streams of time flow together in a way that seems uncanny—even miraculous.
When I imagine wearing my tallit in Ferguson and afterward, I am imagining how it will help carry with me a sense of security and home—a portable home just like the sukkah.
We don’t want Yom Kippur to leave us in a slump, struggling to pick ourselves up. Instead, we must embrace joy so that we may restore balance in the world, in our community, and within ourselves.
Ushpizin connects us to all our ancestors, real and imagined...