Ha’aretz is reporting that Jerusalem will be constructing a sukkah made entirely of candy:

The Jerusalem municipality and the Ariel municipal company are planning to build a sukkah made entirely of candy to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot later this week.

The sukkah will be built in Jerusalem’s Safra Square and will be named “HaSukkah-Rya”, a play on words meaning hard candy.

Two tons of candy and candy-shaped ornaments will be used in the construction of the 1,000 square meter sukkah. The lighting will be in the shape of candy and the walls will be covered with candy and bubble gum. Various sweets will be offered to guests free of charge.

Just like many good American Jews, I have always been slightly envious of the kids who got to make gingerbread houses on Christmas. But isn’t this going a little overboard?

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  • The gingerbread houses (Hexenhäuschen, Lebkuchenhäuschen, Knusperhäuschen) stem from the “Hänsel and Gretel” fairytale; they’re a Southern German traditional rather than Christmas item. “Lebkuchen” (the “Leb-” originates from Hebrew “lev”) became a German Christmas traditional as the spices they contain used to be very pricy, so a gift of “Lebkuchen” used to be a special treat. Traditional shapes include hearts, horses, rectangles, circles and also characters from the Crusades (kings, Seldjuks etc.) as it were the Crusaders that had brought the spices to Central Europe with them as they blended their made-to-last staple of honey cakes / breads with oriental spices.

  • I am so going there! Thanks for the heads up! Leshev ba sukka? Done that, I wanna eat that sukka!!!

  • I made graham cracker sukkot with college kids yesterday, and I did it for the last two years with my 6th grade class in religious school. It’s always fun because we get to talk about the different elements of a sukkah, what makes a sukkah, and then they get to eat a lot of candy and go home to their parents hyper as hell. Well, not the college students.

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