Sukkah and bubblegum

I know English pronunciation is not my area of expertise. It is good to know one’s limitations. I’ve done so in the past but I ask you one more time to forgive me, to give me a pass with pronunciation. An “S” or a “Z” does not make a big difference in this post. Not for me, and I hope not for my readers either.

As I recall my childhood days, many were the challenges I faced. Looking at kid’s challenges from an adult perspective can be an unfair act. I remember how difficult it was for me to do the monkey bars… No I can walk under them but I couldn’t climb them!

I remember how difficult it was for me to open my eyes under water. I still don’t do it very well.

One of the biggest challenges I faced as a kid was to blow bubble gum. I still remember the day I was able to accomplish that first “balloon” as we called it in Argentina. I felt I was about to take off the ground. I could feel how that balloon elevated me. It was such a big accomplishment; I felt such happiness. I didn’t envy other kids who blew bubble gum anymore. I was relieved from the shame because I now longer felt that I was the only one in the world who did not know how to blow bubble gum.  Freedom was knocking on my own doors.

Since that moment and until today, I cannot stop making a connection between Sukkot and bubble gum.

So friends, once again, give me a pass with pronunciation and accept the following way of thinking.

The blessing we say when we fulfill the mitzvah of dwelling in the Sukkah: Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with the commandments, and commanded us to dwell in the sukkah.

“Baruch Ata Hashem Elokeinu Melech Haolam Asher Kidshanu B’mitzvotav B’tzivanu Leishev Basukkah”

Basukkah/ Bazooka. It’s the same!!!! It sounds exactly the same. The sukkah represents freedom, we left Egypt and we lived in Sukkot while in the wilderness.  To me chewing gum and blowing bubbles represent freedom as well.

Basukkah/ Bazooka. They sound the same!!! When you blow a bubble with your gum, you look up to see how high it goes. When you sit in the Sukkah you look up to see the stars and appreciate God’s creation, its beauty and your freedom.

Basukkah/ Bazooka. They are the same!!! Both should bring fond memories from childhood. Both should bring back tastes from childhood. Both should remind us of our fragility, especially when we chew gum as adults!!!

Thank you for giving me a pass with pronunciation and crazy puns!

I hope when you comfortably sit in the Sukkah and you look up to the stars, you are thankful for your freedom, for your childhood, for the good memories and for the new generations that are chewing gum and blowing bubbles with you in the Sukka (“Bazooka”)




Posted by Rabbi Fabián Werbin


Love the Bazooka comparisons……Still want your Rosh Hashonah sermon when you have a chance

I love this . . . .

I love this story, too.

It’s great to laugh while sitting at the computer – thanks!

Your sense of humor is so great! And the weaving of fun and seriousness is admirable. I loved the story.

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