fall classic…


Yogi Berra, the hall of fame baseball player once said the following.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Considering the road CUPtopia has been on of late, maybe it is time to connect a few dots.

"Sukkah of the Signs," by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello of Oakland, Calif. Cardboard signs purchased from homeless people serve as slats on the frame.

This is the time of year for the Sukkot, the week long feast of booths.  The Hebrew word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah, “boothtabernacle“.  During the Sukkot, a temporary shelter called a Sukkah is constructed as a place of Intergathering.  The Sukkah is a type of hut, built in a very specific way.  According to halakha, a sukkah is a structure consisting of a roof made of organic material which has been disconnected from the ground (the s’chach). A sukkah must have 3 walls. It should be at least three feet tall, and be positioned so that all or part of its roof is open to the sky (only the part which is under the sky is kosher.)  The halakha also requires that eating of all meals and sleeping should be conducted in the sukkah.

With this as a framework / frontispiece, and in relation to earlier posts this week, is a theme developing for a public Utopia?  The theme is one of tradition & ritual, and where is it living in the present day?

The construction of an education & the education of construction is one place to begin.  Via the yearly tradition of the Sukkot, a very basic need is fulfilled.  The need for shelter.  The Sukkah itself symbolizes the frailty and transient nature of life.

The lesson of accepting the non-permanent as an ever present situation in life, translated for all by a temporary hut.  Does this mean camping should become a more popular activity?…maybe so, maybe not?  The idea of a non-permant Intergathering place along with a set of rules equals a tradition.  The formation of this yearly activity is simple enough, but the lesson has been lost in

the education of an _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _” …

( fill in the blank, please. )

By the way, Yogi Berra’s first name is not Yogi, it’s a nickname.  His given name is Lawrence Peter Berra.

Yogi, can be translated in Hinduism for holy man or in Buddhist context to describe a monk.

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The following are a series of links to the Sukkah City events in NYC this coming week.

A Harvest of Temporary Shelters

Temporary Housing Of The Highest Order

SukkahCity

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