Fragile Eternity
Boris Shpeizman
Fragile Eternity
The secret of a long-lasting idea is hidden in its flexibility and ability to adapt to change. Judaism continues to be alive and vibrant due to the duality of its nature. On one hand it is a rigid system, describing every minute detail of daily life. On the other hand, it is a system that allows time to make adjustments to its laws. The sukkah is an example of this duality. A sukkah symbolizes the frailty of life and dependency on G-d. It is a symbol of the endless search for freedom and the “promised land.”
Glass embodies all these ideas as no other material does. Nothing is more fragile than glass. At the same time, even the smallest splinter remains forever—as hope to find freedom does.

The frailty of the sukkah’s construction symbolizes the trust we put in G-d to protect us from the mighty powers of nature. Unfortunately in our day, nature, the once strong opponent of humankind, has become an object we must all protect and preserve. This is the reason why I do not use real plants for the roof. Rather I use wood shavings to fill transparent glass tubes formed into the shape of roots and branches. Wood shavings grew from the ground, but when I use them, they do not require that plants be uprooted. I believe using recycled materials and glass in this construction may be an excellent example of how the laws of Judaism—though ancient—allow us to remain connected to contemporary times.

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