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Drop, Pop, Sukkah Hop

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Students worked on comparing and contrasting the sukkahs that their class visited during Sukkot. Each student started with a Venn diagram, and then created his/her comparison essay.  Here is an example of one of the student’s completed essay.

Written by: Jamie B

Last week, we had one of our annual ‘Sukkah Hops’. A Sukkah Hop is what we do in our school to celebrate Sukkot! Sukkot is a Jewish holiday that incorporates building a Sukkah, fun, games, and shaking the lulav and etrog. What is a Sukkah? A Sukkah is what the Jews built while traveling to Israel, for shelter. To this day, annually, we build a sukkah to remind us of what the Jews did.

To build up the laughter and joy, as mentioned, we do a sukkah hop each year, but fourth and fifth grade is a little bit different. In fourth and fifth grade, we get paired up into cars, as usual, but this is the different part. We were separated into different groups to visit each sukkah. We traveled to three sukkot, so that means there were three groups! (The Jaffa family sukkah, Morah Etta’s sukkah, and the Lubliner family sukkah) This was different, because traveled in groups instead of the entire class going to the same sukkah at once.

A little off subject here, but after the sukkah hop, our Jewish studies teacher, Morah Liat, and our Language Arts teacher, Mrs.Teitelbaum, thought it would be cool to incorporate some Venn Diagramming action, into a fun writing assignment about what we liked, disliked, and just thought in general, about each sukkah. Here it goes:

In the Jaffa family sukkah, I noticed there were three walls, which is kosher, but one of the walls of the sukkah, was one of the walls of their house, which I thought was cool. Also, I liked that there was a fan on the sukkah, which was one of the best features! The activity was a puzzle, and when you finished it, each puzzle was one of the arbaat haminim which in english means the four species of the lulav and etrog. That means that each puzzle was either haddas (which represents the eyes), the aravim (which represents the mouth), the lulav (which represents the spine), and the etrog (which represents the heart).

Moving on to the Lubliner family sukkah, which I found to be the best. I liked the activity, the snacks, the decorations, and the “party favors” (they have an etrog tree, so we each got our own etrog). The Lubliner’s sukkah consisted of 3¾ of walls. What I liked, was that instead of the palm tree sechach that most of us know about, they had bamboo, which is used as sechach, and it is still kosher. For the Lubliner’s activity, they had a fun game of “Jew”perdy. “Jew”perdy is Jeopordy, but with questions that only a Jew would know. Example: What are the four species of plants that we shake together to show that G-D is everywhere? The answer is aravim, hadasim, lulav, and etrog, but some of you probably wouldn’t know that if you haven’t read this blog post. Another one of the Lubliner’s sukkah activities (I’m going to call them activities, but more of entertainment) was when Itamar and Elior’s older brother, Avichai, read us a poem that I really liked.

Lastly, there was Morah Etta’s sukkah. There, we played this game called pyramid, which is a different form of a trivia game. Morah Etta’s sukkah had 2¾ of walls, and I noticed that there was regular sechach, like the Jaffa family sukkah. What I think could’ve been better, was that there were no tables and chairs. Instead we were sitting on the concrete floor, but for this game, I think she made a good choice by having us sit on the ground.

What I thought was cool, was that a lot of these sukkot had a lot in common. Like the Lubliner family sukkah and Morah Etta’s sukkah both had cloth walls. Also, the Jaffa’s family sukkah and the Lubliner family sukkah both had tables and chairs, and Morah Etta’s didn’t. As mentioned, I thought it was cool that the Lubliner family sukkah had bamboo instead of regular palm sechach, but they were the only ones that we saw that had the bamboo, so the Jaffa family sukkah and Morah Etta’s sukkah both had palm sechach. I also think it’s cool that there were a few things that all sukkot had in common, like they all were kosher sukkot, they all had decorations, and all activities included some type of trivia.

I really like that we have annual sukkah hops, because it’s fun to visit other sukkot, and to share the sukkot spirit around everywhere. Our family, personally, we don’t build a sukkah, but when we go on the sukkah hop, we feel welcomed to any sukkah! That’s why I feel these small trips make a big difference. That’s why I like sukkah hops.

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