Sukkot

  • Sukkot of Transition: Use Holidays to Help Cope with Economic Angst

    The start of the month of Elul brings our community into its preparation for the High Holidays. Now the pace of communal life starts to change and our focus is on reflection, reconciliation, repentance and the annual response to new beginnings. For too many in our community, however, this season will hold more angst than… More ▸

  • Canadian elections coincide with Sukkot

    Canada’s federal election campaign has a distinctly Jewish irony this time around: The country’s solidly pro-Israel prime minister reached out to Jewish voters with Rosh Hashanah cards just weeks before an election that falls on Sukkot. More ▸

  • Dairy works for Sukkot dinners, too

    Many Jews will consume milk and cheese for breakfast and lunch during Sukkot’s eight days, but there’s no Jewish law that says dairy is taboo for the main meal of the harvest festival. More ▸

  • Rachel Crossley: Sukkah Sowed Jewish Seed

    When Rachel Crossley was growing up in Ohio, her family celebrated her father’s Christian holidays and her mother’s Jewish ones. But she knew that she and her twin brother were Jewish her mother always told them so. Then why, Rachel asked when she was 12, didn’t the family go to synagogue? Why did they put… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature Air Force Rabbi Finds Brotherhood at a Sukkah in Middle Eastern Desert

    Three long, narrow, white boxes with Hebrew and English writing were lying on the chapel floor. What’s this? I wondered aloud. When I looked closer, I noticed the words “Sukkah” and “U.S. Government” stamped on each package. “A sukkah kit for the Jewish service personnel at our overseas American Air Force base!” I exclaimed. “It’s… More ▸

  • Hospitality for the Living and Dead: Sukkot Custom Invites Biblical Guests

    ushpizin n. Aramaic (oosh-pee-ZEEN) “Visitors” or “guests.” The ancestors who are invited into the sukkah. Sukkot is a harvest celebration. It’s a blessing to invite families, friends, neighbors and even strangers who do not have a sukkah of their own. Along with the actual guests, religiously observant Jews also welcome seven heavenly guests — the… More ▸

  • Warming, Autumnal Recipes Suit Sukkot, the Harvest Holiday

    Of all the family-oriented holidays on the Jewish calendar, Sukkot, which entails setting up a temporary house, is probably the most homey of all. There’s nothing more inviting than a sukkah, the one-room harvest hut whose interior walls are draped with apples and eggplants, peppers and squash, plus handicrafts and children’s artwork. With the scent… More ▸