Monday, October 09, 2006

Wanna Sukkah with me?

Anyone working in midtown Manhattan, feel free to join me in the Bryant Park sukkah at lunchtime. Chabad of Midtown has been building an incredible sukkah in this famous park for the last several years. I feel like its my obligation to visit the sukkah while its there, shake the lulav, and donate money to tzedakah. I encourage you to visit as well. Plus, you get to eat lunch with me, your favorite blogger, Susanne!

****UPDATE UPDATE****
I've just got back from my first trip to the BP sukkah with EW and MB. I've gotta say, its quite the "scene". Probably 90% male since the mitzvah to eat in a sukkah does not apply as strongly to women. I didn't mind it one bit. Problem is that religious Jewish men do not always wear wedding bands. So of the 90%, three-quarters were probably married. Oh well, doesn't hurt to look. Who's coming tomorrow? ZK, I know you can make it!

5 comments:

ZK said...

A shoutout! Yay! I actually was in Bryant Park today, due to my lovely Columbus Day vacation (yay Columbus!) but probably after you ate lunch. I did bench Lulav in Union Square though. The Lubavitch guys asked me if it was my first time and I'm like no, I've been doing this for 26 years, its not my fault I still don't know how the right direction to shake it in. I think they were sort of dumbfounded that I knew the brocha myself, which is strange cuz there are Orthodox people in Manhattan, but I guess no one told them about us. Ok well, I regret to inform you that I will not be joining you in midtown tomorrow, I hope everthing goes ok without me.
-ZK

Anonymous said...

A perfect place for an almostmetjew incident.

SusQHB said...

Good point Anonymous. If I meet any nice boys I would most definitely post them on www.almostmetjew.com. Well ZK, I remember one time last year I encountered two Lubavitch bochurim on the street and said, hey guys, do you mind if I bentch lulav, and they gave me the lulav and said "okay, you hold it in your right hand and repeat after me, Baruch atah", I was like, "boys, boys, I just walked up to you and asked if I could bentch lulav. That terminology usually means the person knows what they're doing." They then let me proceed to bentch all by myself. BTW, the Rabbi today made me use an estrog that had "the pitom growing inside". Anyone hear of this before, or was he full of it? Survey says?

Gavi said...

Actually, you probably used a pittam-less etrog. Some strains of etrog grow without a pittam at all, and are perfectly kosher "as is." Had to explain this to a girl at Hillel Montreal today...

BTW the reasons why many married Orthodox men (myself included) do not wear wedding rings include the idea that rings may be jewelry specific to women, and that a man's wedding ring might imply a non-halachic double ring ceremony.
Moadim lesimcha.

SusQHB said...

Thanks for filling me in on the pitom issue. I know why guys do not wear rings. I believe that men who are in the business world, such as the men visiting this particular sukkah, should wear a wedding band at least to work. I have plenty of friends that wear it to work and take it off outside the office. Why should whether or not they wear a tallis to shul be the only thing that distinguishes the marrieds from the not marrieds. And how do single woman know who is and who isn't appropriate to talk to. I don't think thats fair. Just my opinion.