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Unplugging and the chance to recharge on Sukkot

10/08/2019 10:02:42 AM

Oct8

Ellie Goldman

Sunday night marks the start of Sukkot, one of the highlights of the Jewish year. I have always loved the process of putting up a sukkah, making it comfortable and warm, decorating it with leaves and fruits. I love to sit in the decorated sukkah and listen to the sounds of nature and feel the slight chill that signals that fall has truly arrived.

As Rabbi Abrasley suggested in her Rosh Hashanah sermon, we are all in need of a little time unplugged without phones and screens and constant stimulation. The ancient holiday of Sukkot instructs us to abandon our homes and sit outside in nature – together – for a week of meals (and sleep, if weather permits). This year especially, I am excited to dwell in the sukkah with my family away from distraction, perhaps we all need it this year more than ever.

As a Temple community, we will gather on Sunday, Oct 20 at 3:30  p.m. for Simchat Torah learning and dancing.  Please join us and enjoy a few minutes unplugged to reflect and recharge.

Ellie Goldman is Executive Director of Temple Shalom.

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