By COLlive reporter
A video filmed by an Italian Christian missionary apparently includes a Sukkah Chabad Rome built in Piazza Farnese, one of the city’s most prestigious squares.
The first-ever public Sukkah in the city was described by the amateur videographer as built for “yoshke” because of the palm branches (known to Jews as “Schach”).
The man made sure to point out that “some people think it’s an art piece.”
That perception might have changed after the speaker of the Israeli Knesset Reuven Rivlin was shown on Italian TV news networks visiting the Sukkah.
Rivlin arrived with Italian government Minister Beatrice Lorenzin and Gideon Meir, Israel’s Ambassador to Rome.
“This is part of Israel’s territory,” Rivlin joked and added that his family is not from the Chassidic origin, yet he has great admiration for the work of Chabad.
Head Shliach to Rome Rabbi Itzchak Hazan spoke about the universal message of Sukkos and thanked the municipality for sponsoring the Sukkah.
On Sunday, the first night of Chol HaMoed, Shliach Rabbi Ronnie Canarutto organized a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva attended by hundreds of Jewish youth.
During all the hours of the day Shluchim to Rome rabbis Shalom Hazan, Menachem Lazar and Pini Hazan were present to help passersby fulfill the Mitzvot of Sukkot.