I took the photos above today while out on my morning walk. The picture on the left shows how many people who live in apartments and condos build their sukkah. It is permissible to build them this way as long as there is not another balcony or other obstruction above the roof of the sukkah.
The middle photo shows an outdoor synagogue which has been constructed due to the coronavirus restrictions. Israel is on lockdown and is expected to continue in this way for at least the month of October! The white cabinet in the middle of the picture contains the Torah scroll.
This is a very difficult time for the people of Israel. Malls, restaurants and other businesses are closed an many people are out of work. Hotels are all closed and weddings have been postponed. Just today, Benjamin Netanyahu said that if the coronavirus lockdown doesn’t work, they will make it even stricter!
The Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) holiday begins tonight. Just as it was for Passover this year, families who live in different cities will not be able to join together to celebrate. This holiday emphasizes our dependence upon G-d. Let’s all reflect upon this truth during this special Biblical holiday.