Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan / UNICEF
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Source: Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan / UNICEF
Sukkah in Scranton, PA/Barry X. Kuhle
Source: Sukkah in Scranton, PA/Barry X. Kuhle

The sight of so many sukkahs today got me to thinking: What if we Jews here and in Europe embraced our common humanity with Muslims and offered up our sukkahs to the millions of Muslims fleeing the atrocities of Syria? Human beings wandering thousands of miles, on foot, to seek refuge in Europe. Pregnant women. Newborn babies. Disabled elders. People without a country. Or home. Or shelter.

Two-year-old Aylan Kurdi drowned while seeking refuge in Greece / UNICEF
Source: Two-year-old Aylan Kurdi drowned while seeking refuge in Greece / UNICEF

Many do not make it.

What if we offered to share our symbolic shelters with displaced Muslims? Maybe by amassing and sending our shelters abroad after Sukkot? Or offering our brethren refuge in our sukkas until The World finds them better living conditions? What better way to remember our past  mass exodus from persecution than to embrace and shelter Syrians from their current persecution?

You may say I'm a dreamer. But surely I'm not the only one? So please share this dream with others. Even if this ‘Sukkahs for Syrains’ plan isn’t feasible or far reaching enough, the mere gesture of Jews and Muslims embracing their common humanity can only do good. And we need some good right now. 

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Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D.

Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Scranton.

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