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Jewish Tradition of sukkah

Original post made by Susana Ruspini on Oct 20, 2011

On the Palo Alto Weekly published last October 14, there is an article titled "Dispute over Jewish tradition could nix Christmas trees". When I read it, something came immediately to my mind, the day after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 17, 1989. Several of my neighbors from Jewish heritage, were celebrating the Feast of Sukkot and they decided to invite and include all the neighbors on Carlson Circle on October 18, the day after the earthquake, for a beautiful, warm, and welcoming block party. We all needed to feel the love of those around us after the terrible experience the day before. Those neighbors explained to all of us the meaning of the celebration, the meaning of the structure, and shared the most delicious food that they had prepared. We went from house to house being welcomed, we talked, and ate for several hours. It was a beautiful experience. I felt great after the party. Please do not stop that beautiful tradition, it has nothing to do with religion, freedom or not of religion, it has to do with love and support among neighbors. We can all meet and learn about our neighbors. Children can learn about other traditions and meet new friends. All of us can learn to get along better in our neighborhoods and enrich our lives. The tradition of the Sukkot creates a true 'house of peace'. Thanks Mr. Berman, I hope everybody involved in decisions can see the big picture and allow you to keep the tradition of Sukkot as well as the tradition of Christmas trees and others. We need all traditions. Traditions have been created to bring people together. Thanks.

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