Try something new under the sukkah this holiday and give yourself a reason to say a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving.
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Call us corny, but in our family we tear up whenever we recite the Shehecheyanu. It’s such a beautiful prayer; it really brings home how blessed we are to be together and able to enjoy whatever occasion we are celebrating. So our eyes will be moist many times during Sukkot, because this holiday gives us a host of opportunities as we follow the tradition of chanting the Shehecheyanu every time we eat a new seasonal fruit or vegetable for the first time.
Within the bounds of Jewish law, creativity over the years has brought forth a wide range of sukkah huts for the observance of the Sukkot holiday. There are huts on flatbed trucks and those whose walls are canvas and wood and ply-glass.
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For a ritual structure intended to evoke fragility and transience, the sukkah enjoys an oddly long life as an object of contemplation and representation.
Two years ago, it was Sukkah City, an architecture competition and public art project in Union Square. It drew an estimated 200,000 viewers to the dozen winning, legally valid but visually untraditional temporary booths built to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, which ended earlier this week.