Sunday night is the beginning of the holiday of Sukkos, סוכות. We are preparing for the holiday in Jerusalem amid a flurry of shopping, building and cooking. To commemorate Sukkos, we constructed a temporary home called a Sukka that we use during this week-long holiday. Our Sukka is built to commemorate the protective clouds of glory provided by G-d for the Jews in their sojourn in the desert after leaving Egypt. These clouds of glory were miraculous in that they protected the jewish nation on all sides as they traveled through the inhospitable desert for forty years.
It is customary to decorate the Sukka by hanging decorations. Every year, I add to my Sukka decoration repertoire. This year, I decided to decorate the Sukka with clouds of glory. The implementation really was simple. And, I think the symbolic significance is a wow.
12″ clear balloons
white cotton balls
fish line or twine
For each balloon, take 7-10 cotton balls and stretch them to make them look cloud-like.
Holding the balloon at the neck, stretch the balloon neck and stuff the stretched-out cotton into the base of the balloon.
Blow up the cotton-stuffed balloon to the desired size. Tie at the neck and secure to the Sukka..