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finished sukkah

This temporary structure was made to fulfill one of the "commandments" of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. (A sort of harvest festival - also commemorating the years that the Jews wandered in the desert.) You are to make a temporary outdoor structure where you eat, invite others to come eat with you, and rest. Some families sleep in theirs. There are certain specifications about it being made with natural things - branches, especially, on the roof, and 3 sides must be partly enclosed. There has to be a certain amount of shade vs. openness. What I found especially fun about building this year, besides getting the family involved, was that all these things we simply had around the yard and house. The four major posts were tree stakes taken out years ago,the crosspieces on top lumber left from another structure, the bamboo/reed mats are beach mats, the heavy jute rope was left from another project , and the branches all trimmings from the yard. The other large things (see note) are stalks from sunflowers grown either in my community garden, or the school garden where I work. The bright green line is an extension cord. I ran some outdoor lights along the top so we could get a little "mood lighting" at night. I was pretty proud of it!

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Taken on September 27, 2007