On the holiday of Sukkot, we leave our permanent homes and live in temporary huts. A sukkah is built with at least three walls (the third wall may be only a partial one) and a roof of branches or reeds. These fragile dwellings remind us of the clouds of glory that surrounded the Jews during their exodus from Egypt.

As long as it fulfills the basic requirements, a sukkah can be built anywhere, in any way that suits the builder. Here are eight of the most unusual and interesting sukkot in the world:

1. The Totally Detroit Shipping Crate Sukkah


2. The Sukkah Boat in Venice

(Source: Pay No Mind/ Flickr)
(Source: Pay No Mind/ Flickr)

Sukkot has a strong connection to the messianic era, of which it is written, “The world will be filled with knowledge of G‑d like water covers the sea.” How apropos that Venice has its very own sukkah boat. Jewish law permits building a sukkah on a boat, a wagon, or even a camel,1 which brings us to the next entry . . .


3. The Portlandian Sukkah Bike


The PediSukkah was born in Brooklyn, but this one is in Portland, land of beards, flannel shirts and bikes.

Dwelling in the sukkah reminds us how transient life is. Our homes and material possessions are only temporary, but the good deeds we do will last forever.


4. Who Had the Guts to Sit in This Sukkah?

(Source: This is Israel)
(Source: This is Israel)

The smallest a sukkah can be is about 22 inches square and 32 inches high, just large enough for a person to sit in. This may not be the smallest sukkah in the world, but it’s certainly one of the most daring.


5. Taking the Holiday to New Heights


At half the height of Everest, this sukkah pops up every year on Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. After the heartfelt repentance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it’s easy to think that we’ve reached the heights of the High Holidays. In reality, however, the joy of Sukkot takes us even higher.


6. The Flatbed Truck Sukkah in Times Square

(Source: Yossi Percia)
(Source: Yossi Percia)

Sukkot is the grand victory celebration of a bright and beautiful new year. What better way to celebrate in style than with a massive big-rig sukkah in Times Square?


7. The Sukkah in Saddam Hussein’s Palace


. . . and this one just like it, erected at Tallil Air Base in 2003. Both were put up by Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, Chief of Chaplains for the New York State Army National Guard, on behalf of the Aleph Institute, so that Jewish soldiers could observe the holiday.


8. The World Peace Sukkah


Unity is one of Sukkot’s main themes. The mitzvah of bringing together the lulav and etrog symbolizes the unity of the Jewish nation, despite our differences. The Jewish Monkland Centre in Montreal created this “World of Peace” sukkah out of recycled cardboard. Community members shared their visions of peace for all to see.


Do you have a weird, crazy or interesting sukkah of your own? Share it with us on Facebook, and maybe we’ll feature it for everyone else to see!