the days grow short, the moon fills and begins to wane.
The date clusters hang ready.
Come with me to the oasis.
The late summer harvest has begun.
I sort the fruit of my past year’s labor.
The fruit is full and sweet.
I look back on my year’s efforts with satisfaction.
The time for pruning has come.
Much dross weighs down my life.
Our lives are fleeting moments.
Teach us to number our days.
The Sukkah is a fragile booth.
During many years of desert life Sukkot housed our people.
The booth is temporary; our people lives for eternity.
My body is the fragile house of my consciousness.
My body is temporary.
My soul emerged from and will rejoin its Source.
May we continue to dwell together.
ופרש עלינו סכת שלומך
Uf’ros aleinu sukkat shlomecha.
Spread over us the shelter of Your peace.
First posted: October 17, 1997.
Last updated: June 9, 1999.
so that even when the wind shakes the sukkah we will be secure enough to shake our bouquet
As I mentioned elsewhere, many lapel buttons are novelty items, sometimes produced commercially. This one however, was produced by an organization, the Department of Education of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (look towards the bottom of that page). As of this writing, a couple of the kits, of which the button was one part, are still available. Living as we do in New York City, and not having the ability to build my own sukkah, and take the first steps in preparing the sukkah, I put the button on immediately after Yom Kippur… as my way of focusing my efforts on the holiday to come.
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your lapel buttons
Many people have lapel buttons. They may be attached to a favorite hat or jacket you no longer wear, or poked into a cork-board on your wall. If you have any laying around that you do not feel emotionally attached to, please let me know. I preserve these for the Jewish people. At some point they will all go to an appropriate museum. You can see all the buttons shared to date.