Dining Room with Walls as Projections of Chairs and Table (Study for Sukkah)Allan Wexler (American, b. 1949)
New York, United States, 1988
- 6 3/4 x 8 x 7 in. (17.1 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Fund, 1998-86
Not on view
To celebrate Sukkot, a family traditionally erects a temporary structure, known as a sukkah, in which they will eat their meals during the festival. Cut branches cover the top of the sukkah but not completely: One must still be able to see the stars through the branches. Another important Sukkot tradition involves the use of an etrog (a yellow fruit similar to a large, wrinkly lemon) and a lulav (a bundle of branches from the date palm, myrtle, and willow trees). In the synagogue, these four species, as they are known, are waved in all six directions (front, back, right, left, up, and down) to symbolize God's omnipresence.