Is there hope for the future? “You shall dwell in sukkot (huts) for seven days . . . so that you will know, for all generations, that I had the Children of Israel dwell in sukkot, when I took them out of the Land of Egypt; I am God, your God” (Leviticus 23:42–43. During the Jewish Feast of Sukkot – sometimes known as the Feast of Tabernacles – the fragile roof of the sukkah is fashioned by interweaving palm fronds, through which the sky – clouds, starlight, sun and moon – can be seen. Jews and Christians believe that God will stand with His children. One of the primary purposes of the Sukkot tradition of building and dwelling in vulnerable, insubstantial booths is to remind Israel’s people of their radical dependence on God during their 40-year trek through the desert.
Through the eyes of a sojourner …»