In fact, we are told that during Sukkot, “you shall have nothing but joy.” [Deut.] Jews erect a sukkah, a harvest booth, in which they eat their meals, and sometimes sleep, during the festival.In addition to making money through a variety of means, the player is generally expected to integrate himself or herself into the community.
You will also find other seasonal jobs on farms around the world.
But the sukkah is also a powerful reminder of the many reasons for which we feel grateful to God, not the least of which is the fact that for the other fifty-one weeks of the year most of us are blessed to have solid roofs over our heads, clothes to wear, and food enough to fill our bellies.
Such was not always the case for the Pilgrims, who often contended with illness, meager rations, disappointed hopes, and death.
The sukkah is a temporary structure, hung with fruits and symbols of the harvest season.
Its roof is thinly covered with branches, admitting sunlight, starlight, wind, and rain, reminding of us the precariousness of our existence in the face of the forces of nature.