Typhoon Mangkhut felled many strong trees but not the frame of our Sukkah that is made from bamboo reeds and survived the storm. This recalls the Talmud’s advice that a person should always be soft like a reed and not stiff as a cedar. While the cedar is imposing, it is the soft qualities of the reed that guarantee its survival through every storm and hardship. Indeed, our Rabbis taught that for this reason a reed may be used to write a Sefer Torah, Mezuzot, and Tefillin, and to this day many Sephardic scribes favour a reed pen over a feathered quill.