For those people who are celebrating the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot — and those just interested in learning more about it — visiting the decorated, gazebo-like Sukkah just got a little bit easier.
For the fifth year, Chabad of Downtown Boston will be running a “mobile Sukkah” that will move around the city and bring the holiday directly to Bostonians, and it comes complete with its own online tracker.
“In a city that rises upward, many people don’t have access to a Sukkah,” said Rabbi Yosef Zaklos, director of the Chabad Downtown Boston Jewish Center. “Our portable, technologically advanced Sukkah, is the perfect solution. It’s a mitzvah on the spot, for people on the go!”
Sukkot, a weeklong holiday that follows the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is a celebration of the harvest and an appreciation for the Earth’s crops. It began at sundown this past Wednesday and will end at sundown this coming Wednesday.
Traditionally, Jewish people spend as much time as possible in the Sukkah during Sukkot, eating all meals there and in some traditions, even sleeping there.
The mobile Sukkah will visit Post Office Square, Newbury and Boylston streets, Faneuil Hall, the South and North Ends, and South Boston. It will travel around the city from Sunday to Wednesday and can be tracked online.
“Chabad is always looking for ways to fuse Torah and technology” Zaklos said. “The mobile Sukkah with the live tracker, gives the millennia-old Sukkah the perfect 21st century flavor.”Felicia Gans can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.