Sukkot is the Shelter Festival

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Chag Sameach!

For the last three weeks, dozens of JCA members have been learning together from Professor Earl Schwartz about Sukkot, what the Rabbis of the Talmud say about the nature of a Sukkah, and how the Jewish tradition prioritizes dignified shelter for all.

First century rabbis argue at length about what makes a Sukkah kosher. How tall must it be? How wide? Can you build one Sukkah on top of another? Can you build a Sukkah under a tree?

Finally, Rava exclaims: "That dwelling is falling in, it stinks! No human dwells in a dwelling that is falling in or stinks!"

He knew that all of us need shelter, and that shelter must be dignified. Right now, thousands of our neighbors here in Minnesota are at risk of losing their shelter (thousands already have) just when safe, stable housing is a key public safety imperative.

Over the coming months JCA leaders will be working at the city and county levels to stem the tide of the coming evictions wave. Click here to join us in that work.

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