10/4/2020 Debby Kinman-Ford
Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays. Why? It’s the ushpizin. Ask my colleague, Eytan, and he will tell you it is always a topic dear to my heart. The idea of the founding fathers visiting our sukkahs throughout the holiday warms my heart and inspires me. I wonder especially this year, what they would say about this COVID Sukkot that we are all experiencing? Where I live, in the south, the weather is never in favor of Sukkot. It is almost always humid, rainy and hot. Sukkahs in the south are often used for all of five minutes and then dinner is actually had inside. So, it’s interesting that this year of all years, we have a cool spell coming through and town, its been unseasonable lovely. Also, because we are in the middle of a pandemic, eating outdoors is actually desirable right now. It is the perfect time for Sukkot. Now let’s push this idea out just a bit further and imagine you are still self-isolating, this is where the ushpizin comes in. even if you are alone this Sukkot, know that the ushpizin is there, visiting you, enjoying your Sukkot with you. Generations of Jews have celebrated this festival holiday and as we carry on this tradition, the ushpizin remind us, wherever we are, whoever we are with, we are not alone. We have the lessons and experiences of generations of Jews to look to and to look forward with. Enjoy your Sukkot and Chag Samaech!