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October 9, 2015  RSS feed
Culture

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Sukkahmobile travels Pasco to spread holiday message


(L-R) Zelda Eber, Joan Levinson, Chana Eber (L-R) Zelda Eber, Joan Levinson, Chana Eber For the first time ever, Chabad of West Pasco took to the streets with a traveling sukkah in order to enable as many Jewish community members as possible to celebrate the holiday.

With a sukkah constructed and placed in the back of a pickup truck, it helped bring the holiday right to people’s doorstep. The sukkah, a temporary structure covered with vegetation or bamboo, commemorates the time the Jews wandered in the desert wilderness on their way to the Promised Land and the miraculous clouds that surrounded them.

The traveling sukkah visited with people that were homebound or with people that may not have had access to a sukkah booth. A light snack was available in the sukkah at all times to add to the enjoyment of the holiday.

Jews also take “Four Species” of plant life – a citron fruit, palm branch, willows twigs and myrtle stems – and shake them together with a special blessing on each the days of the festival. A set of the “Four Species” was also on hand in the traveling sukkah.

“We wanted every Jew to have the ability to enjoy the spirit of the holiday and have the opportunity to perfom the Mitzvot connected with this holiday,” said Rabbi Yossi Eber of Chabad Jewish Center of West Pasco.


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