Today’s Post is about street events and that characterize Chol ha Moed in Jerusalem September 30th and October 1st.Will not be writing: Sunday October 4th: Hoshana Rabah. We say good bye to the sukah in the Morning. Erev Yom Tov: Shemini Atzeret
Several will be listed followed by the influence of Potain tower cranes on the Israeli landscape.
Cranes; how they work and how they are changing the country.
1.The first is an invitation to a seudat mitzvot for the 205th Yahrzeit of the Admor, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, on Wednesday, at Beit Knesset Ohel Esther Ha Shlah 11. Seuda in the Sukah. The second poster describes a series of free events, in the new Kikar Musica, klezmer September 29th, 30th, October 1st and 3rd.
Simchat Beit Ha Shoevah at Kikar Musica 29/9,30/9,1/10,3/10
Simchas Beis Hashoeva for Women Tonight Thu Oct 1, 2015
A reminder that the Tofaah’s Simchas Beis Hashoeva for women will take place, iyH, tonight.Celebrate the chag with dance and song! This should be fabulous.
Thursday, October 1
5 Zichron Yakov St
Admission is free
The artist was invited as a child to the neighbor’s sukah. He made a sukah from charity boxes. At each center is a word for giving and in the center is a family, the focal point of giving and receiving.
A last sukah showed a Potain tower crane delivering a sukah to a top story of a building. The sukah was all intact and ready to stand.
Potain tower cranes reach new heights at tallest bridge in Israel. What exactly is a Potain crane?
On the road to the airport one passes the construction of the connecting two tunnels on opposing sides of the expansive Arazim Valley near Jerusalem.
Immediately, you’ll become aware that these “assisting to building” workhorses. The weight at the end of one arm prevents the tower from swinging around and affords stability. Also, installing tower crane foundations are done prior to ensure they are erected securely and in ample time for the bridge to progress on schedule.
I am considering, today, September 29th, our first day of Chol Ha Moes Sukot, how close we came to not having a Sukah this year. Last year we opted to spend the holiday with our daughter. Two years ago we stowed away the poles and sections of curtains.
This year the decision was made to take out the sukah. Only:
The room was locked with a new key. Sunday already, 9:00AM; OK so now we have the key. Only: The poles are behind an oil tank and the Vaad Ha Bayit of our building, was instructed to have built a wall around the oil tank. The storage room entrance is very small and our poles are lying on the floor next to the tank. Our grandson Nachman, the gadget guy in the family, miraculously gets the poles out. I will (B’H) add a photo of the storeroom. He gets the sukah on it’s feet.
Only: the curtains and extension cord are missing. The sukah is Halakically a sukah because we have a belt at he permissible height around the perimeter, but there is no privacy. Nachman dashes off and uncovers curtains and an extension cord and gets the sukah sealed up tight. I decorate it a bit.
Only; The curtains are very dusty and despite the fact that I pummeled the sections, the over-all effect are malodorous. What is this all about?
We’ll manage quite well because my daughter and some neighbors have sukot. We are celebrating with them for almost all of the meals including for Shabat. Like the Potain tower crane that takes much effort to stand a sukah requires close attention to details.
Like the Jews wandering in the desert, their Potain tower crane was the pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night that guided the Israelites during their exodus from Egyptian bondage. This allowed them to travel by day and by night. Exodus 13:21–22 explains that G-d gave them the pillar of cloud by day to lead them in the way He wanted them to go and the pillar of fire by night to give light. The pillar was not just symbolism but a real phenomenon. We have no way of knowing how G-d made the pillar, but it was obviously a miraculous event that G-d used to lead them for their forty years in the wilderness. During the day the pillar guided their journey. During the night it gave light and, no doubt, comfort.
In addition to guidance for the Hebrews, the pillar was a testimony to other nations concerning G-d’s involvement with and protection of His people Israel. In Exodus 14:24 G-d troubled the Egyptians through the cloud, and Moses used this in Numbers 14:14 in his plea to G-d to not destroy the Hebrews because of their sin. G-d’s provision of the pillar was remembered in the prayer of the Jewish leaders in Nehemiah 9 as an instance of God’s care and provision for His people.
Exodus 13:22 says, “Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” The pillar is a picture of God’s faithfulness and a lesson to us that God never leaves nor forsakes His people.
So, Larry and I are moving peripetatically. These structures were placed over the posts that limit cars to stay off the sidewalk! The mosaics form the base and the mirrored glass remind me of the Potain tower crane, was the pillar of cloud by day so very present on our horizon in Jerusalem.