We’re marching, we’re marching…
You really think that?
This is instead a #TBT post of some sort, although the memories aren’t quite as vivid as in some of my previous #TBT posts.
The “Hut” is part of the fact that the Jewish calendar is currently in the holiday of Sukkot. Here are four different memories of the holiday that I have:
When my family lived in Fort Dodge (a town of about 30,000 people), there was a very small synagogue that we attended (which was later bought out by the church on the kitty corner). One of the families from the synagogue had someone my age or a little older, and for whatever reason, my siblings and I named him “Glunket.” I don’t know why…
They lived in a house on a block across the railroad tracks from our house. We enjoyed an evening in their sukkah (yes, in Fort Dodge, Iowa!!) and I think that we had hot dogs for dinner. I also vividly remember a big, bright, harvest moon that night. However, since I was between the ages of 5 and 9, my actual memories of that night have long since faded, other than those precious details…
When we moved to Lincoln, there was another thing involving Sukkot and near the railroad tracks. The Eppel family always hosted a Sukkot get-together at their house, which involved hanging out in the sukkah and playing yard games such as Red Rover.
My strongest memory of this particular party, however, was my tendency to face-plant into the screen on the back porch door since either I didn’t see it or I was that clumsy. For once, it was not intentional for me to be that clumsy.
In 2011, a new Pokemon TCG league started at Ken’s Diner, and I befriended Alan, the League Leader. He and Menucha invited me over to their house in Skokie for a Shabbat Chol Ha’Moed lunch in their sukkah. Their kids, J. and G., were happy to see me, outside of the League. I really enjoyed their hospitality, and feel that is one of the great things about the Jewish religion—hospitality for the holidays.
Well, Alan also provided me with some necessary post-hospital-ity about two months later…
In my last year at Northwestern, I helped with the “Build the Sukkah” event at Northwestern Hillel. Despite having, in the past at Hebrew school, making decorations for the sukkah, I had never participated in actually erecting one, i.e. setting the poles, putting up the schach, and setting up the walls.
I felt this was an excellent mitzvah to engage in, and it was also a community-building exercise with my friends from Hillel. Once again, the theme comes back to community, friends, and family.
I am excited to see what future years of Sukkot will bring! It’s the time of our happiness!
Today is the fifth day of the sixth round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.
Green Bay/St. Norbert: 30 days
Minneapolis: 37 days
Lincoln: 80 days