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What To Do,
What To Do?

New ways to decorate your sukkah
and enjoy the holiday.

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• Honored Guests: Avraham was
famed for making guests feel wel-
come, and one midrash (biblical inter-
pretation) holds that God protected
the Israelites in the wilderness specifi-
cally because Avraham had given shel-
ter to three guests.
In what way could your family imi-
tate Avraham? Do you have a friend
or neighbor or relative whom you
haven't seen in a long time, or who
might especially enjoy a meal in your
sukkah, or who might not otherwise
eat in a sukkah?
Another custom is to "welcome" the
ushpiziri, the patriarchs from Jewish
history, to your sukkah each day. One
way to do this would be to learn
about the life of each — Avraham,
Yitzhak, Yaakov, Yosef, Moshe,
Aharon and David — on a different
day. Or you might make each into a
paper doll.

• Get Caught In The Web:
Surprisingly, only a few Web sites pro-
vide really fun and easy ideas for dec-
orating sukkot, or offer coloring pages
appropriate for using in the sukkah.
Here are a few to try:
sukkandecor.html — features a color-
ing page with fruits, plates and can-
sukkah.html — a few ideas for the
nature lover in you, such as how to
decorate a sukkah with wild flowers;
the Jewish Nature Center also is look-
in- g for your ideas for decorating natu-
rally. on Sukkot;
sukkoddecorations.shtml (a page
from the Jewish Theological
Seminary, with easy art;
holidayfun/sukkah.html — more
quick and fun art ideas.

• The Elephant Pumpkin: It's tradi-
tional to decorate a sukkah with veg-

etables, and it's just plain fun to dec-
orate a sukkah with animal vegeta-
Provide your children with the veg-
etables and let them come up with
the animals.
Here are some ideas:
• A zucchini makes a great turkey
body, with a carrot for the head
(attached by toothpicks).
• A watermelon makes a lovely
body for an elephant, with cornhusk
• You can use permanent markers
to draw on the outside of all kinds of
squash. Cotton balls also can be
glued easily onto foods whose rinds
you will not be eating, such as can-

• Read All About It: Leo 6- Blossom's
Sukkah by Jane Breskin Zalben
(Henry Holt & Co.). This is a
charming tale about a children's
sukkah that goes up, comes down,
and goes up again — and all the cele-
brating that takes place along the
Leo . and Blossom Bear watch as
Papa begins building the family
They decide to make their own
sukkah with a roof of leaves and pine
boughs. Just as soon as Leo pulls an
apple hanging in the sukkah, every-
thing suddenly begins tumbling
So they build again, this time with
their parents' help. As the story ends,
"The moonlight cast shadows in the
stillness. Stars twinkled between the
boughs above. As the family fell
asleep, they heard the gentle pitter-
patter of rain."
Also included at the end: an excel-
lent definition of the holiday and a
list of all the items Leo and Blossom
hung in their sukkah.

• Rabbi Chaim's Story: Many
Lubavitch families do not bring any-
thing extra to their sukkot, feeling
that the sukkah itself is decoration

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