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Get OUT(doors)!

Posted on 09/18/2013 @ 08:11 PM

Lately a lot of people have been telling me about moments when they’re outside and are struck by something natural around them. They are running to get somewhere and catch a glimpse of the moon. Or they are walking home and notice what a beautiful day it is. So many of us spend most of our time indoors, on the phone, or in front of a screen, and we forget how refreshing it can be to go outside and enjoy what’s around you.

When was the last time you went outside, just for the sake of being outside?

Tonight at sundown we begin the holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot has several themes running through it: it is a harvest holiday, celebrating the gathering of summer’s bounty. But looking even further back, sukkot remembers the time when our ancestors wandered in the desert for 40 years, with little protection from the elements but the cloud cover provided by God. We construct an impermanent structure (a sukkah – literally a booth) that provides more shade than sun, and sit, eat, and sometimes even sleep in it. That structure is supposed to remind us of how susceptible the Israelites were to the elements, and how thankful they were for the protection given by God.

The funny thing is, many of us gathering in a sukkah these days are rarely surrounded by the elements at all! A tradition that was supposed to celebrate 40 years of the great outdoors has actually turned into one of our few times to really be outdoors. So let that be a part of our motivation in the coming week: Seek out a sukkah, not only for the celebration of our history, but to enjoy some time in the sun or under the stars, and get OUTdoors!

Inside only long enough to write this message was Aleeza Lubin, Midwest Hub DJE

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