2008-10-31 / Faith

A holiday of celebration


LEARNING ABOUT JUDAISM—Joined by their parents, preschoolers from the Gan Camarillo Preschool in Old Town Camarillo recently enjoyed learning about the Jewish holiday known as Sukkos. To commemorate the holiday, the children sat in a mobile sukkah. According to Shira Muchnik, the school's administrative director, the sukkah's walls can be made of any material, as long as they are secure and don't flap about in the wind. The roof, however, called a s'chach, must be of unprocessed materials that have grown from the ground. Bamboo poles, thin wooden slats and palm fronds  are popular choices. Muchnik said  the sukkah commemorates the Clouds of Glory that surrounded and protected Jewish ancestors during the 40-year desert sojourn which followed the Egyptian Exodus. She said the event symbolizes a willingness by those who follow the Jewish faith to leave the security of their homes and spend eight days in a flimsy outdoor hut as way to demonstrate their faith. LEARNING ABOUT JUDAISM—Joined by their parents, preschoolers from the Gan Camarillo Preschool in Old Town Camarillo recently enjoyed learning about the Jewish holiday known as Sukkos. To commemorate the holiday, the children sat in a mobile sukkah. According to Shira Muchnik, the school's administrative director, the sukkah's walls can be made of any material, as long as they are secure and don't flap about in the wind. The roof, however, called a s'chach, must be of unprocessed materials that have grown from the ground. Bamboo poles, thin wooden slats and palm fronds are popular choices. Muchnik said the sukkah commemorates the Clouds of Glory that surrounded and protected Jewish ancestors during the 40-year desert sojourn which followed the Egyptian Exodus. She said the event symbolizes a willingness by those who follow the Jewish faith to leave the security of their homes and spend eight days in a flimsy outdoor hut as way to demonstrate their faith.

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