THE SUKKAH AND THE ZOO: AN OFF THE WALL EXPERIENCE
Take-away message: Animals are creatures of habit, comfortable only in their natural habitat. The sukkah teaches us that we are not just animals – not just habitual creatures – for we can transcend our habits and routines.
What personal message can we teach our children about the sukkah that will forever change how they see themselves?
A strange Talmudic teaching about the hypothetical building of a sukkah on the back of a camel or using an elephant as one of its walls highlights one of the most valuable lessons in life: exactly how humans are different than animals.
An animal is a creature of habit, of routine, of nature. Can such a creature be used to form a sukkah? The Talmud says, yes, just as long as it is tethered properly.
But the deeper answer is that we are allowed to do this because, unlike animals, we human beings have the ability to transform the animal into the spiritual, the ordinary into the extraordinary – the natural world into a supernatural sukkah!