Monday, October 17, 2011

Sukkah sittin'

I once complained, in a post that I can't find but probably published more than a year ago, that our local synagogue made it logistically challenging for us to eat in their sukkah whenever they rented out the sanctuary and lobby during Sukkot because our sukkah space is located in the lobby under an openable skylight. The response surprised me considerably, though I suppose that it should not have done so--a commenter politely reminded me that the mitzvah (commandment) of eating in a sukkah during Sukkot is an individual, not a communal, one, and therefore, responsibility for finding a sukkah in which to eat devolves upon each individual Jew--a synagogue is not obligated to provide a sukkah for daily use.

Fortunately, we've had a delightful Sukkot, thus far. We had three lovely kiddush lunches in the synagogue sukkah, and enjoyed bring-your-own dinners there on the first three nights of Sukkot. (We were too stuffed from eating kiddush leftovers at Seudah Shlishit to bother eating dinner on Saturday night. :) ). And we spent yesterday with old friends, some of whom we haven't seen in years. As for the next few days, the need to find a sukkah in which to eat dinner gives us an excuse to spend more time in ye friendly not-so-local kosher restaurants than usual. :)

I hope you're enjoying Sukkot, also. Moed Tov!

Here's a blast from the past. Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think their argument would make more sense if they had no sukkah at all, but not if they have one they refuse to let you use!
I once lived near a Conservative synagogue that had no tables or chairs in their sukkah. I asked them if they didn't mind putting some in. When they asked why, I said, "Uh, to make kiddush there and eat there." The people at the office said, "why would you do that?" One old guy said his father used to do that, but now "only the Orthdox do that" he said derisively.

Mon Oct 17, 03:36:00 PM 2011  
Anonymous AnecDatum said...

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Mon Oct 17, 03:55:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

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Mon Oct 17, 04:57:00 PM 2011  
Anonymous AnecDatum said...

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Tue Oct 18, 03:28:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Anon, to be fair to my shul, they'd have to sacrifice a lot of rental money--one of the few sources of income keeping us afloat--to benefit very few people if they cancelled the rentals for all of Sukkot. We got a minyan for dinner on the first and second nights of Sukkot, but I wouldn't expect more than 2 or 3 people on any other night. There are always chairs available for use in the Sukkah, though, for those who don't mind eating there while a meeting is taking place in the adjacent sanctuary.

Tue Oct 18, 11:23:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

AnecDatum, thank you for pointing out a problem with the first paragraph of this post, which I have now rewritten. I'm not tech-savvy enough to know how to edit a comment, so I had to delete that one in order to remove the link.

Tue Oct 18, 11:25:00 AM 2011  

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