Children at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue religious school spent time Wednesday making descorations to hang for the Jewish festival of Sukkot.
“We refer to it as the season of our joy, but, it also serves to remind us that our only true protection comes from God and our blessings from each other’s friendship and love,” said Rabbi David Sirull, noting that the festival of temporary dwellings takes on new meaning in the aftermath of all the storms.
He explained that Sukkot hearkens back to ancient Israel when Jews built huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. One of these dwellings or booths was called a “sukkah.” “Sukkot” is the plural form of this Hebrew word. These dwellings provided shade and allowed workers to maximize their time in the fields, harvesting food more quickly. Sukkot is also related to the way the Jewish people lived while wandering in the desert for 40 years (Leviticus 23:42-43). As they moved they built tents or booths, called sukkot, that gave them temporary shelter in the desert.
The sukkot (booths) that Jews build during the holiday of Sukkot are reminders both of Israel’s agricultural history and of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, he said.
At Adas Yeshurun, 935 Johns Road, the children’s decorations will further beautify the festival.
“We have a wonderful and very talented art instructor in Dr. Karen Heid, who comes each year to help the children with the decorations. We have also been most fortunate to have Rabbi Fischer from Chabad of Augusta with whom we partner for some of our programming. It has all come together so nicely,” Sirull said.