If you wandered around towns in Israel this past week, you will have seen strange constructions dotted around, fitted into every possible space – on the ground and on balconies. They’re temporary dwellings to remind us of similar dwellings in which the Children of Israel lived during the forty years that they wandered through the desert.
Yes, it was the festival of Succoth, during which Israelis, religious and secular, honour the tradition of building, eating in and sometimes sleeping in booths. I was lucky enough to be invited to eat in the Sukkah of David and Ruth:
In this wonderfully-decorated sukkah, I was treated to a delicious vegetarian meal and delightful company.
In other news, the Society of Authors has now made a recording of the Twitter story, for which I contributed the last line – read by a real actor. Here it is:
8 replies on “Booths and Tales”
What an interesting Festival, I love the booth you pictured. Also, how awesome to have something you wrote read by Bill Nighy 🙂
It is (the festival and the awesomeness). 🙂
What a beautiful Sukka and such beautiful Sukkees. I hope that Gilad Shalit was also able to celebrate freedom too in his home.
But where was Daisy? 🙂
Hi Deb – thanks for popping in. Daisy was of course part of the delightful company. And Gilad shalit was of course part of the conversation.
Gorgeous photo..thank you….not quite as good as being there, obviously, but very atmospheric. Well done, Ruth, David, Daisy, for creating such a lovely space. And Bill Nighy! Almost my favourite actor and voice….what a treat tonight, Pamela
Thank you for coming here, too – virtually.
I love any chance to peek inside people’s homes. I know next to nothing of how the Israelis live so thanks for sharing.
Really we live much the same as anywhere else, surprising as that may sound.