Harvest of Hope

By Melissa Frey, Director of URJ Kutz Camp & Associate Director of NFTY

As a child, one of my favorite holiday songs was sung during Sukkot. “Apples are delicious, they are so nutritious, you don’t have to wash any dishes, sing a Sukkah song!” This complex arrangement was sung (and not very well) for the entirety of the holiday. Hearing it in my mind conjures up memories of picking gourds, harvesting corn stalks, and thanking the local farmer for leaving the corners of his fields so that the teens in our TYG could build a sukkah each year. Sukkot is a joyful holiday celebrating and marking the completion of the fruit harvest (Shavuot marks the end of the grain harvest), and just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to experience a similar sense of profound joy and pride.

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