This is a video of us building our Sukkah for Sukkoth 5773 (2012) in only 3 minutes (time-lapsed). It took us about 6 hours, in real time, with numerous breaks.
We finished right before sundown, just in time for the first night of Sukkoth (aka. the Festival of Booths). If you watch closely towards the end of the video, you can see us doing Kiddush and eating our first meal in the Sukkah. It was quite lovely.
Our Sukkah is a pre-made kit that we got from Sukkah Soul (http://sukkahsoul.com). This is our second year using it, and we really like it, even though the walls are a bit thin for the climate here in Minnesota. It would be a little better suited to Southern California… but, we’ve got sweaters.
Rather than gathering our own S’khakh (the roofing of the Sukkah), we opted to purchase a pre-made S’khakh mat from The Sukkah Center (http://sukkah.com). It has worked out wonderfully. And, having roofed a number of Sukkoth in the past the natural way, I must confess I greatly prefer the mat – it saves a LOT of time and maintenance (barukh Hashem!).
The song in the video is “Oseh”, by the band Shtar (http://shtarmusic.com). It’s their rendition of the traditional daily prayer for peace. You should go purchase their albums now! Their music is beautiful!
Let us know what you think of the video, in the comments below.
And, Chag Sameach!