Saturday, October 3, 2009

What's a "sukka"?

In modern terms, a sukka (loosely pronounced: sue-ka) is a temporary dwelling place. The first thing that should come to mind is a tent or lean-to type structure that can easily be set-up or taken down. There are other kinds of dwellings that can also be stretched into that definition such as pop-ups, and other kinds of RV's as the primary function is to be mobile. The word "sukka" comes from the Hebrew language.

We felt a little bit like "cheaters" as our "Nest" is also our main or only dwelling place, but we're thinking after our experience that we just might need a little more practice at this than those that live in "sticks and bricks" (houses) for all the rest of the year. While the Nest is far more comfortable then a tent at first glance, the elements of wind, rain and cold are still factors in our ability to survive. (We're not going to even think about snow at this point!) We ran out of propane twice in the two week period. The propane tanks have a wonderful timing mechanism that makes this happen only in the middle of the night when no one wants to go outside and mess with switching around tanks! We learned a lot about the cold inside the "sukka".

Remember the "cloud by day" and "fire by night" of the Book of Exodus that led the children of Israel through the wilderness for 40 years (Exodus 40:36-38). When the cloud moved, the people moved and when the cloud stayed, the people stayed. The practice of building and living in sukkas during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot is to prepare YHVH's people for the greater Exodus or in-gathering that is prophesied in the Books of Ezekiel and Jeremiah that will occur at the time of the Great Tribulation (Book of Revelation). We basically learned that we have a lot to learn!

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