Dan and I both attended Jewish day schools and had the opportunity to experience our Jewish tradition in a very real way at school.
However, we have decided to send our children to the local state school which has a range of advantages ... but this means that we have to be very considered and deliberate about the Jewish education we give our children at home.
It is the tradition during Succot, to build an outdoor dwelling / hut, in which the family eats for about a week (and some people even sleep in them). They are decorated in all kinds of ways and are a great excitement for the smallest people in the house.
So, this year we built our second family Succah. Our first one was last year and was a bit of a disaster. It got blown over, taking numerous pieces of furniture and a couple of terracotta pots with it.
This year had to be an improvement.
Here are some shots of us putting up our Succah:
And here are the kids making some decorations:
Our first meal:
And our various guests (It is a lovely tradition to invite guests to share in your Succah).