Holiday of the Hut: Sukkot on the Quad

The most basic needs in life, whether you’re an animal roughing it in the wilderness or a human, are food and shelter. A roof over your head and a table to enjoy a hot meal, preferably in the company of friends, is a wonderful thing.

Sukkot is a time for Jewish families to commemorate and celebrate the many years that the Jews spent in the desert, emphasizing togetherness and humility, and reminding Jews of their connection to God. It must have at least two walls and part of a third, and the roof must be made from plant materials — the structure is open-air, and through the roof, the stars are visible at night.

Photo by Angel Martinez

Out on Worner Quad is a sukkah, a temporary, moveable structure built in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Following their exodus from the land of Egypt, the Jews wandered for 40 years in the desert, seeking the land of Israel. During those 40 years, they spent their nights in sukkahs. These were easy enough to build, take down, and transport: A far cry from the gargantuan skyscrapers and cement and steel structures in which people live now.

The sukkahs commemorated by Sukkot served a dual purpose, as well; erecting a sukkah by the far edge of a field made harvesting crops more efficient, as farmers could sleep at the edges of their fields if necessary. Even to this day, the practice of building sukkahs in the fields continues as Jewish history lives on in its uniquely pragmatic way.

The sukkah on Worner Quad was constructed and decorated by Kobi Chumash, Nikki Mills, Aaron Alcouloumre, and other members of Colorado College’s Hillel. Every year that it goes up, students are welcome to sleep, eat, even study in it during the 10 days of Sukkot. It is a wonderful place to rest, pray, and star-gaze, and a chance to reconnect with nature and the divine as you may experience it.

Daniel Sarché

Daniel Sarché

Daniel is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado. He picked up his first camera in high school, and has rarely put it down since. He continued his passion for photography as a Catalyst photographer his freshman year, and has enjoyed stepping up into the role of photography editor as a sophomore. When Daniel isn't working on Catalyst photography he can usually be spotted exploring Colorado Springs with a camera in hand, writing, binging Parks and Rec, or drinking too much coffee.

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