There is a beautiful prayer that Jews traditionally say during evening worship, the Hashkivenu, which asks God to protect throughout the night. When we are feeling vulnerable, weak, or that we are darkness, it is comforting to know that God is with us. That is what this prayer represents. In it, it asks God “Spread over us the shelter of your peace”, or for a more literal translation “Your Sukkah of peace.”
This year, we are erecting a Sukkah of peace in celebration of sukkot, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, and for all of us who have felt vulnerable, weak, or darkness. We invite you to come into the sukkah, to meditate, to pray, to stretch, to sit, and to decorate it with prayers for yourself and for those you love who are in need of healing.
We are God’s hands here on earth. If we come together, we will be able to create God’s Sukkah of Peace. Contact Rabbi Greengrass for more information.