October 17, 2005, - 5:22 pm

In Observance of the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
To all of my readers and friends, in observance of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (I swear I’m not making all these holidays up!), I will be out the next two days, but my webmaster will post items I’ve written ahead of time and probably a new column.
In case you are wondering, the holiday involves the building of a temporary hut (called a “Sukkah”), covered with leaves, outside of your dwelling, and eating your meals in it to commemorate the temporary dwellings of the Jews wandering in the desert. (Some people even sleep in them. Not me, though.) It also marks one of the three Jewish harvest festivals.

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Where I’ll be the next two days . . .

It is actually a very fun holiday, and kids go visiting the huts around the neighborhood for candy and treats in a sort of Jewish version of Halloween trick-or-treat (no costumes, though–or tricks). Kids also participate in decorating the huts.
Back, live, on Wednesday Night. Stay tuned for a Mark Cuban, Billionaire Brat update, etc.

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5 Responses

Built our Sukkah but having rain here,1 inch in the last 8hrs.So eating inside while lookng at the thing outside+ cracking up .

danny on October 17, 2005 at 7:38 pm

This is one holiday that I never participate in because i’m a lousy carpenter. I take the “handy” out of handy work. I hope your Sukkah holds up to inclement weather, Debbie. We used to just eat in a different room in the house when I was a kid to observer Sukkot.

Yiddish Steel on October 18, 2005 at 1:09 pm

Wowzers, I’m glad my relatives fought in Europe, Maybe I should become a Jew, this is cultural…hmm.

KOAJaps on October 18, 2005 at 1:51 pm

Ok,KOA;but first,you need to set up a gefilte fish shootout on The Iron Chef.

jaywilton on October 20, 2005 at 9:57 am

Iron Chef? I burn water…tee hee hee. Oh and some moron(s) at USC tagged a sukkah on the campus. It’s not a hate crime but just stupid tagger(s). I hope they shoot the kid(s) who did it.

KOAJaps on October 23, 2005 at 10:58 am

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