The Sukkah-Permanence and Temporariness


The Mishna states: “All seven days of Sukkot, a person shall make his sukkah his permanent residence and his house his temporary residence.” Why did the Sages prescribe characteristics of a permanent home for the sukkah? What is the significance of this commandment? In this lesson learners will study a Biblical and Rabbinic text about the Sukkah and discuss the pros and cons of a permanent vs. a temporary dwelling and the impact of these lifestyles on one’s life experience and outlook. The resource features a thought provoking template (see attachment below) that enables students to articulate multiple viewpoints as to the value that lies at the heart of the mitzvah of sukkah, and to apply this wisdom to enrich day to day life all year round. (See background for teacher for an excellent expansion on this topic.)

The learner will:

  1. Understand how dwelling in the Sukkah enhances one’s connectedness to God

  2. Know the content of the Biblical and Rabbinic passages about the Sukkah

  3. Be able to demonstrate the features of the Sukkah that make it simultaneously feel temporary and permanent and to explain why both aspects are significant to one’s understanding of the mitzvah

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

A further study option/s to related materials on the JEBD site or to external links

Student handout

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