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Monday, October 10, 2011

We're Going to Shake It in the Sukka (But First We Have to BUILD IT)

Have you ever noticed that your Inner Child rates the Jewish holidays by how much fun they are? Sukkot - it's like having your own fort, or treehouse, or playhouse - an outside special place just for you. Channukah: lights and gifts, games and food - what kid doesn't like that? And of course Purim - dressing up & getting drunk. Every child's dream!

Well, our Inner (and Outer) Children are having a blast. Because these are the "Days Between" the end of Yom Kippur and the beginning of Sukkot, where little else is focused upon aside from HOW WHEN AND WHERE to build a Sukkah! We're going to be living in the Sukkah for a whole week, it's like camping out - only so much better.

OK, of course there's the OTHER obsession - picking out the best "Arba Manim" (4 Species) you can find - the Etrog of your dreams, your Lulav - that's what we're talking about, the original Jewish "Light Saber." Who doesn't want to do battle with a magical sword? (Harry Potter y'all got nothin' on our tradition, although we can't figure out what the Jewish equivalent of Quiddich is - unless it's Yiddish).

Lorelai is so obsessed with her Etrog she's actually built an Etrog-Charging Station (see picture). Her Etrog is soaking up all the Kedusha descending from the Letters of the Unpronounceable Holy Name of G*d, so that when she takes it to the Sukka it's EXTRA, EXTRA CHARGED WITH HOLY ENERGY.


Radio Free Nachlaot's Sukkah will begin to be built, b'ezrat HaShem, today (pictures will follow). Our Sukkah this year is SPONSORED BY - YOU GUESSED IT, THE HOLY TEMPLE!

So stay tuned for great Sukkah-building tunes all day long - and special Torah from Rebbetzin Rena Richman at 1pm (a new Bat Melech piece about Aaron haKohen - very timely, considering that Aaron is one of our Ushpizin during Sukkot!) and at 4pm Rabbi Chaim Richman's "Light To The Nations" expounds on "The True Service of G-d."

We'll have music on Israeli Soul Afternoon today from Shlomo Katz, Phish, Yerachmiel Ziegler, Matisyahu, Anaelia Ben David, Yehuda Katz, HaMakor, Shtar, Yehuda Glantz and more.

At 8pm on the "Not for Drag Queens Only Show Tunes Show" there's an excellent chance we'll be hearing the sound track from THE MUSIC MAN with the wonderful Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. Stay tuned!