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Driveway Sukkah

Don't be left out in the cold.

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Published: September 19, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 14

(14) Anonymous, September 30, 2010 2:57 PM

SusanE, that was wonderful what you wrote. Thanks for sharing!

(13) SusanE, September 28, 2010 5:29 PM

Hmmm. Interesting.

Boy, Lori do I understand this woman. To me, sukkas are all beautiful and fun, and some are quite individual. To HER it was like living across from a 'tent' city. In HER thoughts, it's similar to having a neighbor in an affluent neighborhood putting plastic pink flamingos in the yard and an older rusty automobile in the driveway. She was embarrassed and uncomfortable because she is a Jew and is in that way associated with the rabbi and his sukkah. There are some like her who feel affront at seeing difference She wants 'to be like everyone else", and live among 'acceptable' practices. Short story. On a small train in Northern Italy sitting with a young man and his mother. As we pulled out of the station, she got food from her bag and offered me some. The young man 16 or 17, withdrew from the limited conversation she and I were having and turned his head to the window in embarrassment slouching in the seat. Knowing that sharing food is custom there among some, I pulled food from my bag also and shared with them. Immediately, his embarrassment of carrying food from home was over. From then on we had a wonderful time. We joked, drew pictures and laughed, getting to know one another. I hope your talk with the woman across the street helped her to think differently about herself and accept who she is. If that woman in your neighborhood could only open her heart to the wonderful possibilities ahead by accepting other peoples ideals, she might erect her own 'tent'. I hope she has learned through the years to be an accepting loving Jewish woman. Thanks for the story, Lori.

(12) Annie, September 28, 2010 3:05 PM

Not only will you be uncomfortable but...

...you and your kids will end up assimilating So put up your Sukkah and chose Life and Love it! Thanks Lori for the influence you've had in Forest Hll, there are so many sukkas now we can't get around to them all; and there's a lot of sukkah hoping here!!

(11) Ayalah Haas, September 26, 2010 3:10 PM

Good Comeback with "Xmas Lights"

Thank you, Rebbetzin Palatnik. This is my favorite "Lori Almost Live" segment.

(10) Anonymous, September 26, 2010 1:11 PM

STRONG MESSAGE!!!

Thank you....

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