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The sukkah (notwithstanding our attempts to brace, bolt and batten down) is, by definition, a temporary structure. Its fragility is the point: to remind us that lasting strength comes from our relationships with God and other people, not from wealth, material possessions or even the presumed security of our homes. Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen seemed to be summing up the essence of Sukkot when he wrote, “Your home is regarded as a model home, your life as a model life. But all this splendor, and you along with it … it’s just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire. A moment may come, a word can be spoken, and both you and all this splendor will collapse.” more...

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