This year, an original and rather different competition is being held in Nepal – who will build the sukkah in the place with the highest altitude?
Rabbi Chezky Lifschitz, shliach in Katmandu, Nepal, which is located in the Himalayas, launched the competition. He told Arutz Sheva: “We have built a huge sukkah from bamboo canes, and we have also organized sets of arba minim for any trekkers.”
Rabbi Lifschitz said that many tourists have taken the mission of building a sukkah during their travels very seriously. “There is a lot of bamboo here and no shortage of green branches for sechach. Some people will be building a sukkah at an altitude of 5,000 meters, and we will choose the winning sukkah.”
Rabbi Lifschitz added that getting hold of the arba minim in the Far East is not easy. “We received packages of arba minim from Kfar Chabad and Bnei Brak,” he said. “We have brought in many sets because with all of the bumps on the journey, not all of them will get here intact. The willows arrive wrapped, and they don’t dry out. But not everything survives the journey. Baruch Hashem, every evening we will be holding a Simchas Beis Hashoeivah, so things are going to be very joyful round here!”