I don’t normally post on Wednesday but I couldn’t wait to share this sukkah with you. When I saw it my heart sang with the glory of the mitzvah I was witnessing. I was fortunate to photograph the sukkah just hours before the chag began, so the table was ready for guests and the aroma of a tantalizing dinner was wafting out of the house.
This sukkah belongs to my neighbor Mollie, of Doda Mollie fame. Mollie normally keeps her sukkah un-adorned in the Chabad style, but this year she chose to explore the halachaic principle of Hiddur Mitvah, the aesthetic beautification of a mitvah. When she first announced to me she was going to decorate her sukkah with paper flowers in an effort to re-create the famous Chihuly ceiling of the Bellagio Hotel, I thought, “Well, good luck with that” but my face said, “Wow, if it turns out let me photograph it.” I didn’t really think she could pull it off…but pull it off she did and look at the result…
The paper flowers against the sparkly lights are so beautiful in person. Now, Mollie doesn’t take all the credit for this. Although the overall concept was hers, she enlisted a friend to show her how to make the flowers and I am informed that this friend also made many of them. According to the description I was told, it looks like they were made with this technique.
The table was neatly and simply set with pretty floral motifs. Paper plates and plastic cups took a back seat to a really fab tablecloth. I might have a scoop on how to get this fantastic tablecloth in a variety of colors in a few weeks so stay tuned!
Pretty roses simply arranged provided a cheerful focal point to the table and a majestic set of sterling candle sticks stood ready in the corner. Such beauties only come as a wedding gift and this is why you should always include heirlooms in your Jewish wedding registry!
Why did Mollie choose to explore Hiddur Mitvah this year? Was it divine inspiration…or was it reading too much Chai & Home?! Whatever it was I know that her guests must have had a wonderful time sitting in that sukkah under the flowers, and the stars, and the shining light that is a beautiful mitzvah.