The sukkah -- that fragile, temporary, partially roofed hut that is characteristic of the holiday that began Monday night -- is not just supposed to be a place of joy and community, but also a reminder of the fragility of life and of the possibility of change. The holiday, itself, comes at a time of the turn of the seasons here in Israel. Yesterday was a pointed reminder that we are at that point of change. The daytime was unusually warm -- almost just like the long, rainless summertime here, again -- and it was a perfect time for us to sit in the shade of a friend's sukkah and enjoy food and company during a long afternoon lunch. But when evening came we were pointedly reminded that it is no longer truly summer as rain fell and chased people throughout Jerusalem out of their sukkot.
May it be the will of the Blessed Holy One that you should find the courage to welcome our fragility and to be open to changes and change. And may those changes bring you joy.