Although shalom bayit – or peace in the home – is a central tenet of Judaism, it is not the reality in many homes where the constant threat of abuse continues to erode the fabric of family and community life.
This year, the Jewish holiday of Sukkot falls in October, which is also National Domestic Violence Awareness month. The sukkah, a temporary structure that Jews live in (or perhaps just eat or sleep in) during this festival, reminds us of the difficult times moving between Egypt and the promised land for the Israelites and represents the fragility of life. Luckily, most of us only have to live in a sukkah for eight days of the year. Abuse victims, however, live in a metaphorical sukkah every day.
This Sukkot, we invite you to tie a purple ribbon to your sukkah as a reminder that not all in our community dwell in peace and safety in their homes. Help show that it is our responsibility to support victims of domestic abuse to become empowered and live safely, educate the community about domestic abuse and appropriate responses, and prevent future generations from suffering domestic abuse.
Click on the purple ribbon below to download and print this ribbon for your sukkah.