Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sukkah PDX

This was Jasper's favorite sukkah.  It had perhaps the most ambitious construction.
 Every year, for the festival of Sukkot, the Oregon Jewish Museum invites artists to create unique sukkahs, which are outside for the public to explore and enjoy.  Sukkahs are temporary huts, and for the 8 days of Sukkot, families take their meals together in the sukkahs.  And if weather permits, they may relax in the evenings, visit with friends, and even sleep in the sukkahs.  It reminds me a bit of the Great American Backyard Campout.  It is definitely meant to be a special celebration. Why? 
"The sukkah commemorates the Clouds of Glory which surrounded and protected our ancestors during the forty-year desert sojourn which followed the Egyptian Exodus. Our willingness to leave the security of our homes and spend eight days in a flimsy outdoor hut demonstrates our faith in G‑d and His benevolence."
 I am always looking for art that is accessible, touchable and inspiring, and we were excited to check it out.  The museum had asked the artists to create works by reclaiming/repurposing their building materials.  Sadly one of  the most interesting pieces had been constructed entirely from cardboard, and had collapsed in the rain.  The components were neatly stacked in the parking lot.  Hopefully in the future, artists will avoid this particular pitfall.  But just in case we shall plan on going  when the show opens next time! Traditional sukkahs are built according to very specific instructions, and it was quite interesting to see how very different each artist approached the project.  
This sukkah was made to resemble a pomegranate. 
I loved this sukkah, which looked as if it came straight from the Holy Land. The artist
advised it was "kosher"; adhering to all the requirements of a proper sukkah, and was
nice and calm inside.

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