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Building Traditions Abroad: How our Family Keeps our Jewish Traditions Alive While Traveling Over Sukkot

Hello dear readers,

As you know by now, in September the Silver family is once again taking our show on the road, staying at a luxurious kosher hotel for the entirety of the sukkot vacation. Being at a hotel is great for so many reasons – great food, fun activities, making new acquaintances and meeting old friends, the great festive environment, etc etc. One thing that can be tricky, though, is making sure you’re able to keep your family traditions even when you’re far from your own shul, your own community and your own house (or your own sukkah!). So here’s a few words on our favorite sukkot traditions, and how we plan to keep them this year while we’re far from home:

  1. FAMILY FOOTBALL GAME. Fall is the perfect time for football (some people prefer football in the snow and rain, but I think playing in the wet and in the freezing cold is silly – you might get sick!). Some families like to have a family football game on Thanksgiving, which also makes sense, but in our family for whatever reason we choose sukkot to have our fun family football game (two-hand touch only!). Most years I’m on the sidelines as scorekeeper and photographer (those of you who know me will recognize that I don’t exactly love ball sports, except tennis), but since we’re not doing sukkot with the extended family, my children are trying to press me into action. I can’t say right now whether or not I’ll be playing, but I will say that I look forward to meeting new families at the kosher sukkot hotel who may want to play football with (or maybe even against) Team Silver.
  2. ETROG JAM. Okay, now this one is more my speed. Even though it’s technically after sukkot, when the etrogs are no longer needed for the mitzvah of lulav and etrog, it’s one of my favorite traditions to make etrog jam. It’s a tradition I learned from my mother, and one I enjoy doing with my own daughters. There are plenty of easy recipes available online, though I would want to caution any novice jam-makers out there – the etrogs you use for the mitzvah are often classified as botanicals, since they are meant for the mitzvah and not for eating, so they’re often covered with pesticides. Check your etrogs before you start making jam, or maybe buy food-grade etrogs if you’re not sure.

More soon,



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