Sukkahs in Outremont: A Peek Inside – Photo Gallery
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This past week was the Jewish Festival of Sukkot I asked my friends to send me some pictures of their sukkahs so that our friends and neighbors can have a look how it looks on the inside. Maybe next year we can organize a sukkah tour.
Some interesting facts about our sukkahs:
- According to Jewish law, a sukkah is a structure consisting of a roof made of organic material which has been disconnected from the ground, like branches, or bamboo. It also must consist of minimum 3 walls, that can withstand regular winds, and must by directly under the sky.
- As you’ll see in the images below, some people (who have the means) have “built-in” sukkahs, which is basically a room in the home with a open-able roof, like a skylight. During the holiday of Sukkot the roof is opened an the covering is placed on the roof.
- Jewish law requires eating and sleeping in the sukkah. However, one is not expected to remain in the sukkah if they would be very uncomfortable there. For this reason, most those living at northern hemisphere will generally not sleep in the sukkah due to the cold temperatures.
- Today Hassidim here in Montreal use in general 4 types of sukkot:
- Wooden panels: the most popular used by most families due to affordability.
- Lego like: durable, easy to construct, expensive
- Fiberglass: durable and good-looking, very expensive
- Canvas: easy/fast to construct, hardly used here due to cold weather
- One of the biggest challenges is dealing with rain protection. Even after building the sukkah, a considerable amount of time is spent on creating some-kind of rain protection for the sukkah, cause without that the sukkah would be quite a dreary place to spend the holiday with your family. Some people invest in awnings, those with indoor-sukkah have close-able roofs, but most families make do with a tarp/pulley contraption which takes alot time to set up.
- The average time it take to build an outdoor sukkah is 4-5 hours (includes hauling it out of storage, sometimes up to 2nd or 3rd floor balcony) plus another several hours is usually spent on the rain protection, which needs to be constructed in way that it can be open and closed quickly and easily.
- The kids of course look forward with excitement to the building and decorating the sukkah. Usually its the kids themselves who are in charge of the decorations, especially the older ones.