HINENI #4: Sukkot – Shelter in Place

Rabbi Mishael Zion and Architect Esther Sperber

How can we celebrate the High Holidays in a time of social distancing? What does the coronavirus pandemic teach us about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot?

In “HINENI”, the new podcast of Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem, Rabbi Mishael Zion invites innovative spiritual leaders from across America to discover together how to enter this Jewish New Year. Through story and song, text and discussion, we will seek to build a gate to a sweeter new year.


Having spent so much of the last six months at home, a festival celebrating temporary Homes feels especially timely for this COVID-19 world. In this discussion inspired by the holiday of Sukkot, New York-based architect Esther Sperber combines her architectural work with psychoaanalytic analysis, bringing new insights into what makes a home. Having recetnyl re-designed a New York City school for a COVID-19 school year, Esther will bring fresh insight into how we share space, build at homeness and exercise connection in an era of social distancing. 


Artistic Director: Amichai Chasson

Producer: Eyal Levit and Shir Sharoni

Research: Avishai Huri

Audio editing: Nir Leist

Sound Design: Mor Sivan

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