Sukkah mobile makes a hit at World Series

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MIAMI — There was something new to go along with the traditional peanuts and Cracker Jack at this year's World Series — a sukkah.

The sukkah mobile, a portable sukkah perched atop a U-Haul truck, greeted baseball fans as they arrived at Pro Player Stadium, home to the Florida Marlins, before game two of the series.

The sukkah, with Jewish music playing from loudspeakers and signs welcoming fans to the "official sukkah" of the World Series, was sponsored by Chabad of South Broward, Fla.

Chabad of Cleveland was set to park its own sukkah mobile in front of Jacobs Field on Tuesday for game three.

Lubavitch created the sukkah mobile in the 1970s as a way to allow people to observe the mitzvot of Sukkot. This year marked the first time a sukkah mobile visited a World Series.

Ten yeshiva students served as hosts to the some 500 people who visited the sukkah. The students explained how to use a lulav and etrog, the palm branch and citrus fruit that are shaken after reciting a blessing on Sukkot.

Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, the executive vice president of Chabad of South Broward, said the World Series was an appropriate place to park the sukkah mobile because the jovial mood of the crowds matched the mood of the Sukkot holiday, which is also called the time of happiness.