Rabbi Bruce Seltzer, Jewish chaplain (left) joined Mia
Terkowitz ’11 (center) and Abby Berns ’08, co-chair of
Smith Hillel, in building a Sukkah hut on Ziskind lawn
in preparation for the celebration of Sukkot. The Jewish
holiday is an annual seven-day event that celebrates
the harvest. It begins Wednesday, September 26. "Sukkot
is a holiday that commemorates the 40 years in which
the Jews wandered the desert," notes Berns. "They slept
in temporary huts, after which they built the sukkah.
During the Sukkot, it is customary to eat in the sukkah,
and to recite certain blessings."
The hut, which was the collaborative
effort of several students, has been decorated with cornstalks
and gourds from local farms. Students will gather on
September 26 to eat Kosher pizza under the sukkah, an
event Hillel has dubbed "Pizza in the Hut." During the
remaining days of Sukkot, tables will be set in the sukkah
for evening meals.