Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Heard on the heights

The sukkah on the roof of my employer's building has been packed all day, as people try to sneak in a bite before the rain returns. While munching pretzels there, I happened to mentioned that someone had told me that his/her family's sukkah had fallen down, so they'd had to eat by the neighbors. Then I heard what I'd said: " . . . eat by the neighbors"?!!! Methinks I've been working for the frummies for too long. :)


Blogger Miami Al said...


Well, in defense, that was okay, as long as the neighbors house he was eating at wasn't the neighbor you were talking to. :)

Even more silly, if your Sukkah falls down, you rebuild it, you just don't redecorate it.

Tue Sep 28, 05:03:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks for the permission slip. :)

"if your Sukkah falls down, you rebuild it, you just don't redecorate it." Yes, but it fell on Yom Tov, not Chol HaMoed. One isn't permitted to build on a Yom Tov, as far as I know. and they needed a sukkah in which to eat on Yom Tov.

Tue Sep 28, 05:16:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Miami Al said...


Ah, that's not good. That makes more sense... still not okay to "eat by" anyone. :)

Tue Sep 28, 07:46:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Too true. You can eat *with* someone, or even *at* someone's home, but eating *by* someone is a Yiddishism, from the German "bei" (pronounced "by"), or so I've heard. My English is being corrupted by "Yeshivish." Oy. I edit documents for a living, so I'm going to have to watch out for such grammar gaffes.

Tue Sep 28, 09:43:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

The schach (roof) blew off our sukkah on first day Yom Tov one year, so I went to ask my LOR what to do. He said I could ask a non-Jew to put it back on - I didn't even have to hint, I could make a direct request. Then he told me where to find a non-Jew who was used to receiving such requests. :>)

Tue Oct 05, 02:19:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Good story. :)

Tue Oct 05, 05:39:00 PM 2010  

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