Brooklyn, NY - While the first perek of Mishna Succah describes some rather unusual succahs, one Borough Park resident has constructed a unique succah unlike anything described in the mishna. Yonasan Schwartz, the owner of Toys to Discover, has created a kosher succah built out of Clics, plastic Belgian building blocks that consists of colorful interlocking pieces that snap together.
Schwartz created the six foot by eight foot succah by covering a wooden frame with the plastic pieces and then screwed panels made of Clics onto the frame. Three of the colorful panels are full walls with words interwoven into the design. The fourth side of the succah consists of two smaller walls with an opening in the middle and the succah is covered with a kosher schach mat.
The idea for the Succah came to Schwartz on Yom Kippur and he admits that his wife was more than a little skeptical when he shared his plan with her.
“My wife laughed and told me I was crazy, saying ‘How are you going to do that?’” Schwartz told VIN News.
In fact, it was neighborhood children who came to Schwartz’s rescue.
“There must have been fifty neighborhood kids who stopped to help me,” said Schwartz. “Jews, Non Jews,...cars just stopped and kids came to help me.
I had kids laying on the ground in front of my store putting the pieces together. Mothers were so happy to have an activity for their kids that they jokingly offered to pay me for keeping their kids busy.”