Judaism: Living in grace

A home is not just walls, a floor and a ceiling. A home is a source of security, a feeling of being protected, of stability.

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September 17, 2018 15:41
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Building a sukkah in Ma'aleh Levona

Building a sukkah in Ma'aleh Levona. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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The seven days of Sukkot, which begin on Sunday evening, are one of the pinnacles of the Jewish year. During this week, we move the center of our home out of the house and into the sukkah. In actuality, we leave our “permanent residence” and move into a “temporary residence,” a sukkah – a structure whose central characteristic is its impermanence.

A home is not just walls, a floor and a ceiling. A home is a source of security, a feeling of being protected, of stability. Marvin Harris, a famous American anthropologist, referred to the home as the place where love resides. The saying “make yourself feel at home” conveys the array of positive connotations we associate with the term “home.”

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