So this is a period of many feasts. On September 4th it was the Jewish New Year, and exactly ten days later it was Yom Kippur. Four more days after that it is Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot is a feast that Leviticus 23:34-44 in the Bible Tradition-observing Jews build a tabernacle made of some wood attach sheets and cover it with palm branches. Some buy a metal frame with cloth covers to match, and cover with bamboo mats or the equivalent. The tabernacle symbolizes one of our ancestors’ stations, on their forty year long biblical journey from Egypt to Cana’an, the biblical name given to the Holy Land at that period of time. The children prepare paper decorations, and ‘The seven species’ – wheat, barley, grape (wine), fig, pomegranates, olive (oil), and date are brought to the Sukka.
This is our neighbor’s Sukka.
More traditionally, ‘The four species’ are part of Sukkot : (the links are from Wikipedia):
- etrog (אתרוג) – the fruit of a citron tree
- lulav (לולב) – a ripe, green, closed frond from a date palm tree
- hadass (הדס) – boughs with leaves from the myrtle tree
- aravah (ערבה) – branches with leaves from the willow tree
As I once wrote, we are secular Jews. So we don’t put up a Sukka, just like we don’t fast. However, in our garden, we do have some of the species : We have two date palm trees, a few pomegranate trees with some beautiful red fruit, an olive tree, which will have ripe olives which we never pick, in October; A small fig tree, some vines that carry good grapes, and some tall Hadas (myrtle) bushes with white flowers and exquisite scent.
Some pictures from our garden fruit trees from the seven species:
Our naturally covered place, all covered with vine, bougainvillea:
One of our yard cats took my chair!
And this is the beautiful painting on the iron door to our workshop, done by Sonia Bercovich:
From another angle, partly hidden by our Hadas bushes:
Hadas bushes with white flowers (and fabulous scent)
Loquat, vine and pomegranate trees entwined together:
Pomegranate flowers and fruit from our own tree:
Vine on the wall :
In summer, the vine covers the bedroom windows:
Date palm trees