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but Froot Loops are wonderfully color-
ful). These would be hung from the top
of the sukkah and along the sides.
She also likes using Indian corn, and
lately has noticed more than a few
families bring a rather original floor to
their sukkah: Astroturf.
An idea that has become popular
among many families in recent years
is hanging chains of lights in their
sukkah. These strings are best known
for their appearance on Christmas
trees; Nelson calls them "yontif
lights."
Finally, she offers an original idea _
that will help you remember all your
fun afternoons and evenings with
guests. During chol hamoed, the inter-
mediate days when one is permitted
to perform everyday activities such as
driving and working, use a Polaroid
camera to take photos of guests who
join you for a Sukkot meal. Hang
these photos on the wall of your
sukkah, she says.
And is it any wonder that everyone
wants to be invited to the Greenbaum
sukkah in Southfield? If you're look-
ing for something new and creative,
take a tip from Jill -Greenbaum, whose
sukkah is never without a theme.
When all her children were tiny
(one of her daughters is now 10, and
this is definitely not for someone 10,
who would cringe at the very thought
of it), Mrs. Greenbaum would have a
"Barney" theme, complete with illus-
trations and small, plastic figures of
the Big Purple Guy, along with

friends Baby Bop and B.J.
Sesame Street was a favorite too, so
the Greenbaum sukkah once featured
Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Oscar the
Grouch and Elmo figurines hanging
from the ceiling.
No children? Mrs. Greenbaum rec-
ommends considering a theme built
around everyone's favorite topic: the
weather. Sometimes, she likes "frozen
icicles" made of tin foil — perfect for
cold days in the sukkah.
This year, however, with summer
temperatures still popping up long
after they are wanted, she's opting
for a "tropical theme."
"I'm going to Kohl's," she says.
"They've got a great collection of
those little lights you can hang, and
I'm looking for palm trees and
flamingos."
Finally, Greenbaum even has an
idea sure to please the sports enthu-
siast. Her husband, Joseph, is a big
football fan. So she is looking for
Detroit Lions Christmas-tree orna-
ments to hang inside her sukkah.
The best part is that these orna-
ments can be hung from the sukkah
ceiling however low — when your
team is doing great — as you want.
And when your team is, well, tops in
your heart but doing embarrassingly
bad _in the real world, just keep
those ornaments up high, where
they can get lost in the schach, the
leafy branches that cover the
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place within it is eating. (All meals
should be eaten in the sukkah,
except when it's raining.)

Hoshanah Rabah and Shemini
Atzeret: The seventh day of Sukkot is
Hoshanah Rabah, both a festival and a
day of judgment. According to tradi-
tion, on Rosh Hashanah, God made
his decision regarding our futures.
He sealed it on Yom Kippur. Yet we
have until Hoshanah Rabah to mend
our ways before God makes His judg-
ment final.
The synagogue services on
Hoshanah Rabah include the custom
of worshippers holding an etrog and

lulav and making seven circuits
around the sanctuary, during which
time special prayers called Hashanot
are said.
This last day of Sukkot is Shemini
Atzeret. Known as the "Festival of
Conclusion," it is mentioned in the
Tanach (Leviticus 23:36, Deuteronomy
16:8, and Isaiah 1:13) as "a holy con-
vocation."
Shemini Atzeret, "Assembly of the
Eighth Day," has the distinction of
being both the last day of Sukkot and
a separate holiday. Observant families
do not drive, work, write or draw on
Shemini Atzeret (and follow all other
rules associated with a major Jewish

observance).
There are no real rituals for
Shemini Atzeret. The one exception
comes during davening, when congre-
gations recite Hallel and Yizkor, and
say a prayer for rain called Tefillat
Geshem (This being rainfall season in
Israel, we wish for farmers all that
they will need.)
Reciting Tefillat Geshem is a prac-
tice that began in Talmudic times.
Then, a priest would fill a golden
pitcher with water. When he
returned,.a crowd would greet him
and watch as he poured the water and
wine into a container on the Temple
altar. ❑

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