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  • 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 ▸

  • Sukkot Feature a Sukkot Primer: Twelve Ways to Identify the Holiday in Israel

    How do you know it’s Sukkot in Israel? Let’s count the ways. You know it’s Sukkot because: 1. Israeli tourism officials are hoping that the usual Sukkot tourist trade from abroad will continue despite the recent war with Hezbollah, which inconveniently occurred during vacation booking time. Israelis, meanwhile, are making a point of heading North… More ▸

  • Homey recipes for Sukkot

    Sukkot, which entails setting up a temporary house, is probably the most homey Jewish holiday of all. A new cookbook offers warming recipes for the chag. More ▸

  • High Holiday Feature Environmentalists Celebrate Sukkot with Water Festivities and Jack-o’-lanterns

    During Sukkot, families of Kesher Israel, a modern Orthodox congregation in Washington, will gather for a special celebration. In the synagogue’s sukkah, they will be treated to a tantalizing array of chocolate cakes and candies, accompanied by delicious cups of tap water. “Which are you enjoying more, the sweets or the water?” congregant Evonne Marzouk… More ▸

  • Sukkot Recipes a Boyfriend’s Tzimmes Spurs a Lifetime Love of Jewish Food

    In the town where I grew up, there were three churches and no synagogues. Naturally, Jews were few and far between. We moved there in the 1950s because my mother liked the landscape. Abandoning our Ashkenazi background, she befriended our neighbors, pursuing standard American fare, such as candied carrots and mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows…. More ▸

  • As Sukkot Nears, Jewish World Shaken by Looming Lulav Shortage

    American legislators, Israeli officials and Jewish groups are working diplomatic channels in an effort to stave off a looming lulav shortage ahead of Sukkot. Their efforts follow a surprise move by Egypt, which — after years as the world’s primary supplier of the palm fronds that form the spine of the ritual lulav — said… More ▸