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  • Sukkot, Simchat Torah and the cycle of life

    NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 16 (JTA) – As we move out of the High Holiday season, we move into another series of holidays that is at once both cyclical and linear. At the beginning of the New Jewish Year we celebrate Sukkot, thereby completing the third in a series of pilgrimage festivals. Sukkot marks the final… More ▸

  • First Person: Sukkah Huts Blossom Despite Violence

    It should be the worst of our problems. Access to the animal shelter belonging to the Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the northern suburb of Atarot has been cut off, leaving hundreds of cats and dogs at the mercy of a few brave volunteers who come in to feed the… More ▸

  • Holiday Feature: You Can Shake Your Lulav – and Cook with Your Etrog, Too

    “Every Jewish kid in the area wants to visit our sukkah,” says professional baker and restaurant bakery consultant Marcy Goldman of Montreal. Preparing for young and old arriving in tours, she and her three sons decorate their hut to the hilt. “We’re the most popular stop on the field trip list.” Besides the outrageous abundance… More ▸

  • Minneapolis Uses Sukkot Exhibit to Highlight the City’s Housing Crisis

    Minneapolis is using the fragile huts associated with the ancient festival of Sukkot to draw attention to a modern political and social issue — lack of affordable housing in the city. During Sukkot, Jews express gratitude for God’s abundance and for the comforts of home while reflecting on the temporary homes in which their ancestors… More ▸

  • FOCUS ON FAMILY Sukkot celebrates huts along with some hospitality

    ENCINO, Calif., Sept. 16 (JTA) – “You shall live in booths seven days in order that future generations may know I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt." (Leviticus 23:42-43) It’s not enough commemoration that for eight days of Pesach we eat matzah, which grows… More ▸

  • Focus on Family: Sukkot Celebrates Huts Along with Some Hospitality

    “You shall live in booths seven days in order that future generations may know I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 23:42-43) It’s not enough commemoration that for eight days of Pesach we eat matzah, which grows exponentially more afflictive every year. No,… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature: from Tolerance to Pluralism; New Lessons from the 4 Species

    Says the Torah: “On the first day [of Sukkot], you shall take the fruit of the hadar tree [by tradition, the citron etrog], the branches of the palm tree [lulav], boughs of leafy trees [by tradition, myrtle branches] and willows of the brook and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God [at the Temple].”… More ▸