“You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt ” (Leviticus 23:42-43).

It is that time of year again: the week in which many Israelis become temporary architects and builders in order to construct a Succa (booth or tabernacle) for the festival of Succot

This being Israel, there are of course various schools of thought on the subject. Planks and old sheets or a prefabricated metal frame and ‘instant’ covering – perhaps even with windows? Palm fronds or bamboo mats for the roof? Home-made decorations or bought ones? On an existing balcony or in the garden? 

The results are as eclectic as the builders themselves.