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  • 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 ▸

  • Recipes for Sukkot

    From sukkah tours and star gazing to picking apples, autumn brings with it the harvest festival of Sukkot, and all the delicious and aromatic recipes that come with it. More ▸

  • Holiday Feature Thanksgiving May Have Roots in a Jewish Holiday — Sukkot

    Did you know that Thanksgiving is really a Jewish holiday? Although Thanksgiving is not on the Jewish calendar, historians believe that Sukkot may have inspired America’s favorite farewell to fall, often nicknamed “Turkey Day.” Today Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, but President Franklin Roosevelt didn’t propose this timing until 1939. It… More ▸

  • Sukkot celebrations in Brooklyn

    The Simchat Beit Hoshoeva festivities during Sukkot originally marked a ceremony that involved anointing with water in the Temple in Jerusalem. Now, the streets of Brooklyn’s Chasidic neighborhoods throng with Jews singing, dancing, eating and studying as More ▸

  • Filled treats: the ‘stuff’ of Sukkot

    During the weeklong celebration of Sukkot, holiday recipes call for seasonal produce, particularly stuffed vegetables and baked goods. Food columnist Linda Morel offers plenty of options from familiar favorites such as stuffed cabbage to the unexpected, s More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature Yugoslav Jews Meet Each Fall in Effort to Strengthen Their Bonds

    Following the violent civil war of the 1990s, Jews in the former Yugoslavia have had to struggle to maintain their common bonds. The war severed the ties among Yugoslavia’s Jewish communities and, in societies where ethnic identification became bound up with war, forced Jews to reconsider their own identity. “It’s difficult to say that we… More ▸

  • A Bukharan Sukkot

    Sephardi Jews from Bukhara, a region of the former Soviet Union that is now part of Uzbekistan, have a rich tradition of Sukkot celebrations. Young and old alike share good times and sumptuous meals. Linda Morel offers Bukharan recipes for succulent Sukko More ▸

  • Israelis Prepare for Sukkot Even As Car Bombing is Reported

    The Mahane Yehuda market here was bustling on Monday morning before the start of Sukkot, but it wasn’t as packed as it usually is before the start of the eight-day holiday. “People are scared,” said Motti, who was selling willow branches for less than a dollar apiece off his flat-bed truck. “They don’t want to… More ▸

  • Car bombing as Israelis prepare for Sukkot

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (JTA) — The Mahane Yehuda market here was bustling on Monday morning before the start of Sukkot, but it wasn’t as packed as it usually is before the start of the eight-day holiday. "People are scared," said Motti, who was selling willow branches for less than a dollar apiece off his flat-bed… More ▸