Hidur Mitzvah (beautification) has always been an important part of the Festival celebration. The Talmud
suggests hanging "handmade carpets and tapestries, nuts, almonds, peaches,
pomegranates, branches of grapes, vines...wreaths of corn ears" (Betzah 30b).
We have expanded our product line to include two types of decoration for
ASSORTMENT (PEST FREE): The centuries-old tradition of adorning the sukkah with fresh harvest items
has also resulted in a feast for squirrels, bees and other unwelcome visitors.
We now offer a hand-picked selection of good quality fruit & veggie replicas
(peppers, pomegranates, grapes, eggplant, squash, carrots, corn, etc) which
should be of no interest to pests.
A carton of 18 different pieces ready for hanging is $43. (shipping included). This
is great gift item for any sukkah dweller you may know! (Monkey not included).
Several outstanding Judaica artists have designed Sukkah Banners for us,
which are printed with the latest silk-screen and dye sublimation
techniques on colorful, weather-proof nylon fabric. Banners are 22inches wide
and 22 to 44 inches high, with dowel pockets top & bottom for hanging (dowels
included). A limited number of these collectable banners are printed, with new
designs added periodically.
NEW for 2012:
"Rejoice!" by Sharon Binder is based on Deuteronomy 16:14-15, which contains the explicit commandment that we are to enjoy ourselves COMPLETELY in our celebration of the Festival of Sukkot. The imagery is of the Seven Species: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives & dates, in reference to the original agricultural roots of Sukkot. This LARGE banner is digitally printed on a satiny synthetic fabric suitable for outdoor exposure, with stainless steel grommets at the corners for hanging. Size: 68" x 30"
"Chag Sukkot Sameach" (2008) by renowned Israeli artist Baruch Nachshon, envisions the Festival of Sukkot in the Messianic Age.
"Lulav & Etrog" by Sharon Binder depicts the "Four Species": ..."the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook..."Leviticus 23:40.
"Welcome [B'ruchim Ha'baim]" by Sharon Binder delivers a warm welcome to your sukkah visitors. The beautifully rendered pomegranate blossoms and ripened fruit represent two stages in the growth cycle of this ancient and symbolically rich fruit.
"Shehecheyanu" (2009) by Flora Rosefsky of Atlanta, GA, depicts the familiar blessing recited upon a first time happening such as lighting the first Hanukkah candle, hanging a new Mezuzah or-- as in this case--fulfilling the annual Mitzvah to sit in the Sukkah. Translation: Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, ruler of the universe, Who has kept us in life, sustained us, and brought us to this moment.
FOUNTAIN OF LIFE (2005), is by Betsy Platkin Teutsch, a renowned
Judaica artist and illustrator from Philadelphia. She and her husband,
Rabbi David Teutsch, composed this prayer as a blessing for moments of
communion with nature and acts of environmental stewardship. Betsy tells
us that it originated when she began composting in her garden, which
struck her as “very much a mitzvah that deserves a blessing”.
GARDEN OF EDEN (2005), by Illinois artist and graphic designer Adam
Rhine, is a beautiful image from his extensive series of mandala-like
paintings based on the Star of David. The text is from Genesis 2:8.
"MIZRACH FOR SUKKOT" (2005), is a papercut by Durham NC artist
and sofer Galia Goodman. The Mizrach (Hebrew for East) should be hung on
the East wall of the sukkah where it can provide a directional anchoring
point for daily prayers and the ritual waving of the lulav.
and "Ushpizim" (2003)
by Galia Goodman, of Durham, NC, honors 7
matriarchs and 7 patriarchs whose spirits we invite to visit us in the sukkah. The original works
are traditional papercuts with ink overlay.
"Give Thanks to HaShem" (2004), is another cut paper assembly
Flora Rosefsky inspired by a verse of praise from the Hallel prayer,
and refers to the four cardinal points toward which the lulav is shaken.
Flora's 2003/5764 banner
(at right) is based on the Biblical Commandment to dwell in Sukkot for seven days...