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Mini-Construction update

Our sukkah is finally up. We use an "EZ-Lock" sukkah - a frame of square metal rods that are designed to lock together with no more than the persuasion of a rubber mallet, with a nylon tent that wraps around the four sides, and three wooden beams (we gave one away, so we only have two) that support the bamboo mat used as s'chach. It takes about 45-60 minutes and two people to put up the whole 6x8 structure, and it holds a rectangular table, four chairs and a little tv table. jonbaker will decorate it tomorrow, but we are basically done with holiday prep.


yeah, we got that for this year a 3 meter x 3 meter.

Man, what possessed me to get wood in the beginning????


The look of wood panels? The fact tht you can light candles in there? (No open flames in tents.)

I want pictures!

We need to dump wedding pictures first. Sorry, sweetie.

It has suddenly struck me that you might be just the person to help me!

I am completing a historical novel set in the late 5th centgury, and the main characters are staying with a Jewish family in North Gaul at exactly this time of year.

The research I have done so far has come up with some fascinating and unexpected facts, such as that Jewish households in Gaul and Germania were very Greek in most respects (even tombstones giving the month of death according to the Jewish calendar are far more likely to bear Greek names than Jewish names) and the books simply say that "family life was like Greek family life", which I don't find terribly helpful, and I find it unlikely, to put it mildly, that there were no differences.

The family I am writing about lives in a standard Roman town house, with a small internal garden surrounded by a colonnade. My best guess to date is that they might have built the sukkah outwards (inwards?) into the garden, opening on to the colonnade. Is this plausible? And how would they have decorated it?

I would be extremely grateful for any help you might be able to give me!

I'm assuming an open space surrounded by a colonade supporting an awning of sorts over a walkway?

In which case, they'd probably just put supports (beams less than a handwidth wide) over the top of the open space, and cover that with s'gach.

That would be their sukkah.