Yay! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!I should have celebrated it. Although, I probably would have freaked people out.
Today, we put up the sukkah for the next holiday starting on Wednesday night, called Sukkot. Hadassah helped us, and we had a potluck. Sukkot is a harvest holiday, and it's 8 days long. The sukkah is an outdoor structure that we sit and eat in during the holiday. A lot of people actually camp out in theirs. There's an open roof that has rafters on top. Usually, you cover it with tree limbs, vines, boughs, etc. It shouldn't be completely covered, because we're supposed to see at least 3 stars at night.Ours has a wooden frame, with lattice covering 3 walls. The front of the sukkah is open.
Also, we usually decorate with a harvest theme. We have pine cones, plastic fruits, and whatever else people bring. This time someone brought huge bags full of fresh lavender. I'm not very fond of it, but I guess it's ok.Those were in bunches and hung along the walls. We don't have quite enough stuff on the roof, so we'll ask someone for more, later.
Everything at the potluck was really good!There was a fake chicken parmesan, olive tapenade, tomato/olive oil topping, French bread, watermelon, pumpkin pie, and something else. No one had RSVP'd before the 'event', so we didn't know if anyone would show up.It was about 5 people, plus the 3 of us. Not bad. It turned out to be kind of fun. Except, for when I hit my thumb with a hammer. Sounds so cliche!Oh, and someone getting hit in the face with one of the rafters. That was a bit disturbing.But, she was fine. We put a table and some chairs out there already. So, it just needs boughs for the roof, the electric lantern, and maybe the lulav/etrog.
Yom Kippur services were great for the most part. Had a lot of people show up for the night one. Which made the room really warm.Our cantor that night sounded awesome!The songs for it have got to be one of the most complex musically. Also, the guest musicians were amazing! This Yom Kippur, was even more 'special' because it fell on Shabbat. It felt weird after services, to not have challah.
The day services kind of felt long at first. About mid-day it was moving pretty quickly. Mom had the last aliyah. Which is kind of normal for her. But, the Rabbi made a surprise speech about her when hers was done.It was nice, flowery, and sweet. It was really cool! And she deserved the recognition.Just before breaking the fast, we did Havdalah. It's to celebrate the end of Shabbat. A very beautiful and quick service.
Of course, as soon as we were done with that, people ran to the food.There was a lot of good food.Mom brought her vegetarian pasta dish. Its got pasta, pasta sauce, garbanzo beans, carrots, and snap peas. Plus, parmesan on the side so you can put on as much as you like or have it plain. Really good! There was also homemade gnocchi. A person I met during Rosh Hashanah, who's close to my age, made it. It was amazing!Also, someone made bread from scratch that had some garlic bits in it. Awesome!