Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sukkoth - part 1

It's no accident that he festival of Sukkoth follows on the heels of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It's a joyous celebration with lots of great food (no surprise there). There's so much to say about the rituals and customs that it would be impossible for me to do it here. Anything one needs to know about anything to do with the festival can be found here.

I spent some time on Saturday evening in Borough Park, Brooklyn. It's a neighborhood with a mixture of several hassidic cultures and varying dress. Thirteenth Avenue is lined with popup stores and tables of vendors selling 'the four kinds' as well as decorations for the home sukkah. The holiday has been celebrated this way for a thousand years before Christmas ever had a reason to be.

This first post is about the people enjoying the festive air on the street.