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Punny Candy Sukkah

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 24, 2013


I’ve photographed a number of sukkahs over the years but this is the first time I’ve seen a sukkah wall covered with candy puns. My neighbour, Tali Horwitz, has been collecting puns and candy wrappers for three years. If you can read Hebrew, enjoy!






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Another Year, Another Etrog

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 18, 2013


Every year, between Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, I have to make a couple bags like the one below. It’s about 3 inches long and a couple inches wide. I’ve made knitted bags, crocheted bags, tatted bags, needle lace bags (way too time-consuming!), and even netted bags, with a shuttle and netting gauge. The crochet ones are easiest to make, so I’ll be sticking with this model for a while.


This etrog is from last year. My husband saves etrogs from the previous Sukkot, lets them dry out, attaches a tiny label with the year (in Hebrew letters), and ties it to the schach (reed ceiling) of our sukkah the following year.


We have about 40 etrogs, since he’s been saving them every year since we were married (with a few additions when my in-laws used to come to Israel for Sukkot and now my son’s etrogs). In the photo below, the blue and orange bag is netted. The other three are tatted.


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Windy Sukkah

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 6, 2009

This is not during a storm. This is just a normal evening in our sukkah on a third-floor balcony in Mitzpeh Nevo, Maale Adumim, at the edge of the desert. The sound that you hear is the wind humming as it rushes through the boards, which, you’ll note, are taped to keep out the wind. My husband says that if you can build a sukkah here, you can build one anywhere.

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Movie in the Sukkah

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 6, 2009

Here are some notes on the movie in the sukkah photo. Although I was using a tripod, I set the ISO to 800 because it was quite dark and the subjects were moving.

Here’s the original, as it came out of the camera. The lighting is very yellow because of the street lights in the park behind the yard.


Often I deal with the yellow street lights by making the photo B/W but in this case the final effect seemed to dark and cold.


In the end I decided to reduce the saturation and increase the fill light midpoint so that more detail was visible. I didn’t go all the way to shades of grey because I wanted a little warmth left and a hint of colour in the decorations. I cropped the white area of the wall of sukkah so that the eye would be drawn more to the inner part. Similarly, I cropped the ceiling (top) and chairs in front (bottom) to reduce the clutter and simplify the composition.

Movie night in the sukkah

Incidentally, the chair that I cropped out was the one the family offered to me. This shot wasn’t exactly posed but it wasn’t candid either. I didn’t sneak up to some unsuspecting family sitting in a sukkah and set up my tripod outside the door. They knew I was there but I waited until they were engrossed in the movie.

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