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Israelis Begin Celebration of Succoth-simhas Torah Festivals

Israeli families by the thousands moved out of doors tonight to take their evening meal in booths decorated with garlands of fall flowers and fruits as the seven day Succoth-Simhas Torah festival began here.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has organized a pilgrimage to Mt. Zion in Jerusalem on Sunday where prayers for peace will be offered. The worshipers will then proceed to the Western Wall to mark Succoth at that holy site for the first time in 20 years.