To celebrate Sukkot, Tablet Magazine asked several folks what “must-haves” they would take with them into a sukkah. Here are some of the replies.
Fureigh, guitarist in The Shondes.
1. My guitar—a few days is a long time to go without practicing!
2. My journal and a pen.
3. A copy of The Urban Homestead, to aid in thinking more about ways to bridge the gap between this holiday and my regular life.
4. The sleeping bag I use on tour.
5. Earplugs—I’m still in Brooklyn, after all.
What matters most to me on Sukkot is that I want it to feel like a real harvest. So what I need to have in my sukkah is whatever I feel I’ve been harvesting that year. In Iowa, when I knew lots of musicians and poets, I remember having jazz in the sukkah, and writer-friends, and that was a harvest. Last year, I drove 12 hours with my toddler-sons so they could build their first sukkah with their grandfather, and that was a harvest. This year, I’m doing a sukkah with members of my new (and first) havurah, and that feels like a harvest, too. I guess my sukkah is generally a good peek into what I’m prioritizing in my life.