One year, everyone in that village decided that they too wanted a beautiful Sukkah like their Rabbi. But most of them were not very good carpenters. So the villagers who knew how to work with their hands, joined together to be the "Sukkah -builders" for the community and went from house to house building new Sukkot for everyone. As they finished the last Sukkah, they realized that they had been so busy working for everyone else that they had no Sukkah in their own courtyards. And so since there wasn't enough time for each one to go home and build his own Sukkah, they took the leftover wood and build one big Sukkah for all of them.
They then quickly prepared for the holiday and rushed to Shul.
When the evening prayers were over, everyone wished each other well and were about to go home when they saw it had began to rain...and pour. The rain got stronger and stronger. With torrential rains and winds smashing things in the street.
When the rain finally ceased, all were looking forward to eating the holiday meal in their Sukkah. But they were in for a surprise!
"Let's go to the Rabbi. Surely his Sukkah is still standing!" suggested one man.
But the Rabbi's Sukkah was destroyed like everyone else's.
From far away some festive singing was heard. It was coming from The Workers' Sukkah!
Their Sukkah was still standing!!
"I know why their Sukkah remained standing", declared the Rabbi, "because our Sukkot were built each person for his own self and his own family. But they built their Sukkah with unity.
And when there is unity between Jews, all the storms and the hurricanes in the world can't break it!"
Friday night, candle lighting time for L.A. is 6:18 p.m.
Saturday night, candle lighting time is (from a pre-existing flame) after 7:15 p.m.