You're the Lulav to My Etrog
Sukkot content and a whole lot of puns.
Tonight begins sukkot! Or as Jewish writer Peter Fox said on Instagram, the holiday where you have a bougie brunch in a treehouse. If you don’t know what it is or need a refresher, click here, but in short it’s our harvest festival where we have festive meals in huts called sukkahs, which represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after escaping from slavery in Egypt.
So dwell in merriment! Shake off your worries! Shack up with your partners! Whatever you do this week, may it be etrog-nomical.
Shabbat Shalom. Lulav you very much,
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Sukkahs Around the World
Who needs a gingerbread house when you can make your own cookie sukkah?!
Get real fancy with these wooden place cards! But you can only have people named Moshe, Chaim, Esther, and Jackie at your table. Just kidding.
Buy your child (or dog?) this plush lulav and etrog.
🍋 I mentioned "Where Life Begins in a past Drop when I saw it at the Jewish Film Festival. It’s a romance that takes place in the Calabrian countryside, where a lot of etrogs are grown other than Israel. I highly recommend watching it if you get the chance to do so.
A Sukkah from History
Why am I including this very berry summery kugel in a fall edition of The Drop? Well, on Sukkot, one of the four species we shake is the etrog, one of the founding fathers of all citrus fruits! The etrog is “the fruit of the goodly tree” (Leviticus 23:40), and not only symbolizes the Jew who excels in both Torah and good deeds, but also symbolizes the heart. This kugel may not be good for your heart, but it will make your heart feel happy.