The construction of the sukkah is led by architects from Design Plus Collective, who designed the “Seen by Unseen” Sukkah for New York's Sukkah City competition last Fall.
Sukkah: ATL is Atlanta's only public-space sukkah, and is built and programmed as a community cooperative effort, led by Atlanta-based Jewish Food Alliance.
Programs open to the public during the week of Sukkot include:
- Wednesday, October 12th: Chanting Service with Cantor Gayanne Guerin Weiss at 6:30 PM
- Friday, October 14th: Family Friendly Kabbalat Shabbat, Potluck Picnic, and Jam Session with Congregation Bet Haverim 6:30 PM
- Saturday, October 15th: Havdallah and Sukkot Sleepover with Adamah Adventures 7:30 PM
- Monday, October 17: Shake Your Lulav Dance Party! with Marcus Jewish Community Center, PJ Library, Shalom Baby and Pathways
- Tuesday, October 18: Sukkot Baking Competition with Dr. Sweets Cake Emporium 6:00 PM
I just watched G-d Cast's wonderful Sukkot video (below) and now have a new understanding of Sukkot.
The video is about King Solomon's Ecclesiastes, which is read during Sukkot. Starting with the downer of, "all is vanity," Solomon writes of all the things he's "had" in life: riches, knowledge, and achievement. He finds them useless and meaningless because he's gonna die, just like any fool, and leave it all behind to some shmo who outlives him.
In the end, Solomon finds meaning because he believes all is from G-d and tells us to "Fear G-d."
No matter his conclusion, it's his pathway that fascinates me. It's his understanding of mortality that motivates Solomon's struggle to find meaning. "The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but... the same fate overtakes them both."
All of us are challenged to find meaning in the face of mortality.
Sometimes the losses we experience, which make us re-evaluate our lives and search for meaning, end up being blessings. Or let me say that differently: it is up to us to find the meaning in the losses we experience.
For Sukkot we build our hut, rejoice in it, and then tear it down. As is life.