The result of decades of flowing creativity, my grandfather's succa is simply a work of art. Year after year, he added another decoration, another stained glass image or carved wood design. My grandfather, Meir Parush, had no previous training in construction technique or design, but only imagination and skill that seemed to come naturally. Together with his wife, my grandmother, Miriam, they built the succa every Succot holiday for 40 years.
"I'll tell you the truth," Meir said, "sometimes I myself, when I look at the pictures, I think- How did I do it? I am amazed with myself."
Over the years the work of constructing the succa became physically difficult for them, and about 7 years ago they built it for the last time.
"We didn't really know that it was the last time," Miriam said. "But just judging by the amount of strength we had and everything happening around us, we knew then that we probably wouldn't be able to build the succa again. It was very sad for me. And I can say that even until this very year, every Succot is sad for me. It is sad for us."
While Meir and Miriam Parush wish for the family to have the succa stand once again for Succot, in the long run, they hope that it will one day be displayed permanently in a museum.
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