Rosh Hashannah (New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) are now past and following quick on their heals is the festival of Succot. This is to commemorate living in the desert for 40 years in a miraculous manner, having all bodily needs taken care off for 40 years. It's also a harvest festival.
What this means for me is that I've just finished building the Sukkah (a temporary booth or hut) that I purchased. Unfortunately it's made of a frame of metal poles and canvas sheets for walls. The roof is made of wood sticks with branches. The reason why I say unfortunately is that my Sukkah is basically a big box kite that moves every time the wind blows.
Sitting in a temporary structure that could take flight any moment is not much fun, especially if you are looking to entertain your ancestors. As Rabbi Dennis explains in his blog, we invite one patriarch each night to come and visit.
So my solution to trying to live in a box that is symbolic of living in Divine Space (because really, is there anywhere/when that is not in Divine space/time?) is to go out and buy some soil bags. These bags of earth act as really good ballast and ensure that we have earth to grow vegetables next sprint, tying in nicely with the harvest festival.