Wednesday, October 12, 2011

chag sameach sukkot

Happy Sukkot!

northwest native lulav

(Northwest Native Lulav)

My four species:
--Western Hemlock
--Western Red Cedar
--Douglas Fir
--Vine Maple

In place of an etrog I'm using the seed cone from a cedar. I may have to add a few drops of essential cedar oil but we'll see.

Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of all:
whose mitzvot teaches us holiness and who instructs us to take up the lulav .

A local rabbi's comment on the holiday seems especially pertinent for me personally as I am in a time of great uncertainty and not a little worry. "Dwell in a booth," he writes, "You will emerge in strength."
May it be so for all of us.


Tarik Saleh said...

Hey Beth, Not one for religion myself, but I enjoy reading about your attempts at squaring tradition with your own values. Well done on this. I am unfamiliar with the traditions, but this looks great and seems to make a great deal of sense per your previous post. Enjoy.

bikelovejones said...

Tarik -- a big part of why I keeping "doing Jewish" is for the sense of community I enjoy in doing it with others. When parts of engaging with that community seem discriminatory, outdated or simply too expensive, I try to discover ways to tweak the tradition so I can still engage with it. In the process I sometimes learn things I hadn't expected to, and not always about Judaism. That has definitely been the case with this particular holiday.
Thanks so much for your thoughts, and happy riding.