The Mov­ing-Box Sukkah

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By – September 19, 2023

A young boy moves from a house to the sev­en­teenth floor of an apart­ment build­ing and wor­ries about the many ways his life will now change. One of his con­cerns is whether he will be able to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day of Sukkot with­out hav­ing a back­yard in which to build a sukkah. His moth­er tells him about the odd places that Jews have built their sukkot through­out his­to­ry, includ­ing on board a ship and on the back of a camel. She reminds him that the Jew­ish peo­ple have his­tor­i­cal­ly been forced to move from place to place; they even spent forty years trav­el­ing through a desert. She notes that they used their inge­nu­ity to cel­e­brate times of joy. The two decide to con­struct a sukkah out of their mov­ing box­es and a spe­cial blan­ket, mak­ing their new space feel just like home.

Col­or­ful pic­tures of fan­ci­ful sukkot and beau­ti­ful scenery enhance this sat­is­fy­ing sto­ry. An author’s note dis­cuss­es a debate (in which rab­bis engaged long ago) about where it is pos­si­ble to build a sukkah. It also reminds read­ers that age-old tra­di­tions can be observed in new ways, no mat­ter the cir­cum­stances. One must only think cre­ative­ly and keep a pos­i­tive attitude.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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