Guest blogger, Cantor Jason green of kbi
In 2005, my family bought a sukkah to “dwell in” as commanded in the Torah, during the Festival of Booths. We set it up at the flat-and-level top part of our sloped driveway. Lo! and behold, a strong gust of wind came through at night, and we found our sukkah in the street at the bottom of the driveway the next morning.
In the spirit of the Jewish Festival of Sukkot, we find profound resonance with the mission of the Multifaith Housing Initiative. Sukkot commemorates the Israelites' journey through the wilderness, emphasizing the fragility and impermanence and precariousness of the sukkah, a temporary dwelling. This symbolism mirrors the experiences of those struggling with housing instability and underscores the urgency to provide stable housing for everyone. MHI embraces the ethos of Sukkot by advocating for innovative housing solutions within inclusive communities to reduce and eliminate homelessness and housing insecurity. It is a beacon of hope, showing us that with collective effort, we can build stronger, more resilient communities.
We must develop a greater understanding of the challenges faced by those in precarious housing situations. This starts with open conversations, workshops, and educational events that shed light on the multifaceted issues surrounding housing insecurity. By fostering empathy and awareness, we lay the foundation for meaningful change. We must then contribute by supporting and donating to MHI, volunteering time and skills, and advocating through our elected officials for policy changes that prioritize inclusive housing solutions.
In the spirit of Sukkot, let us come together to fortify the foundations – figuratively and literally – of our communities, creating a world where everyone has a safe and stable place to call home. Together, we can turn temporary shelters into permanent havens, and fragility into strength.
Chag Sukkot Sameiach to all who celebrate, and peace and blessings to all.
Cantor Jason Green, Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation