Many students at The Weber School associate the month of September with being the month of “no school.” The reason why September holds this infamous connotation is because of the many Jewish holidays, like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, that occur during this month. This year, Sukkot falls on the afternoon of September 23 and goes until the night of September 30. Sukkot is a week long Jewish holiday that is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur. It is celebrated to observe the gathering of the harvest and G-d’s protection over the Jewish people when escaping Egypt after being enslaved.
Many people observe the holiday of Sukkot differently. For seven days and nights, Jews are supposed to eat meals in a sukkah, an outdoor three (or more) walled hut with a roof of greenery. Freshman Kira Berzack, senior Carly Wohlberg and faculty member Chaya Lieberman, all build sukkot at their houses. Many others, such as sophomore Daniel Mordoch and junior Isaac Goldman, do not build sukkot at their houses. Isaac also does not have any Sukkot traditions, but will be going on college tours during Sukkot break.
There are many Sukkot traditions, like waving the lulav and etrog, but some of our peers at Weber have some traditions of their own. Kira Berzack cooks dinner with her mom, plays Sukkot jeopardy with her family and even watches a movie in her sukkah. Daniel Mordoch has been having Sukkot dinner with the same family friends since he was born. Carly Wohlberg decorates her sukkah every year with her family and has many friends over to enjoy meals in her family’s sukkah.
Jewish Studies teacher, Chaya Lieberman, has the ushpizin (Jewish founding fathers who come to visit us in the sukkah on every night of Sukkot) as heroic figures instead of the Jewish forefathers. Every night of Sukkot, Mrs. Lieberman and her family invite a different imaginary heroic figure, like Michelle Obama, to their Sukkot dinner.
It is customary to enjoy Sukkot dinner with family and friends. Berzack, Mordoch, Goldman, Wohlberg and Lieberman are all celebrating Sukkot with their family and friends.
Sukkot is a very exciting holiday for a number of reasons. Mordoch is excited for his mother’s food that she only cooks once a year for Sukkot. Goldman is excited to look at colleges and eat in the Wohlberg’s sukkah. Lieberman, Wohlberg and Berzack are excited to spend quality time with their family and friends.
Students and faculty can eat lunch this week in the Weber sukkah outside. Hopefully everybody has a very fun and relaxing Sukkot filled with good food, family and friends!