Sukkah

Huawei P9, Leica Dual Camera, Monochrome

This week’s photo challenge coincides with the week of Sukkot holiday, and in this respect, it was quite easy to decide what photo to choose.

About two years and a half ago I moved to Israel and since then it’s become my new home. As they say, your home is where your heart is, and it is quite a challenge to find where your heart is in the new country.

Those two years were anything but easy, but recently it started to get a little better. And speaking of the heart, this cozy and almost family like atmosphere of Jewish holidays is what I like the most.

In this shot made last Sunday, you can see a sukkah, a simple shelter that is traditionally built for the holiday with palm tree branches on top. Not everyone builds this at home and a few prefer to spend the whole week eating and sleeping there as the tradition requires, but in many kibbutzim they build a huge sukkah near the dining hall and dine there.

In this particular kibbutz they also prey in the sukkah instead of the synagogue, and this is exactly the moment I captured here. Very homey and very cozy. Local.

5 thoughts on “Sukkah

  1. You are right that it is disorientating to find yourself in a new country. Ritual plays an important part in rooting us, I find. Your post strikes a chord and I thank you.

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