Sukkot

  • Hail, Flooding Kill Five in Israel As Storms Rage During Sukkot

    Severe storms accompanied by flash flooding raged across southern Israel, killing at least five people, with several others missing and presumed dead. The storms, considered the worst to hit some areas in 25 years, began last Friday and continued through Saturday. They struck during the Sukkot holiday, when many Israelis were camping and hiking in… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature: Plentiful Summer Vegetables for Healthy Eating in Sukkahs

    Sukkot coincides with the harvest time. It is fall and the summer crops are in. Take advantage of your garden harvest, roadside markets or supermarket bounty with these delicious vegetable dishes that are healthy and versatile. They can be served as main dishes or accompaniments during this holiday time. Zucchini Cheese Oven Frittata 4-5 cups… More ▸

  • Controversial Old City Tunnel Among Stops for Sukkot Visitors

    Thousands of Israelis and tourists made the traditional pilgrimage this week to Jerusalem for the holiday of Sukkot, some walking through the archaeological tunnel near the Temple Mount that was the focus of last week’s violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli government’s decision to open the northern entrance to the tunnel… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature (2): Ambivalence Toward Gentiles Permeates Sukkot Observances

    The holiday of Sukkot embodies the deep Jewish ambivalence about gentiles. For centuries, these very mixed feelings have provided the cultural barrier that kept gentiles out and kept Jews in the nuclear Jewish people. Now as the barrier crumbles worldwide, a deeper understanding of Sukkot may help to devise a successful strategy for Jewish persistence… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature (1): Festive Recipes Bring Warmth to Week of Fall Outdoor Dining

    Sukkot means “booths,” as in the temporary housing in which our ancestors lived while wandering for 40 years in the desert. Many families erect sukkahs today that are big enough for the whole family to enjoy eating meals under the stars during the seven-day holiday. Sukkot coincides with harvest time, so fruits and vegetables are… More ▸

  • Sukkot Celebrated with Parade

    Some 85,000 people from Israel and abroad took part in a Jerusalem parade here Wednesday, as over 250,000 people lined the capital’s streets to watch. The event, which takes place every year during the Sukkot holiday, was this year hailed as a highlight of Jerusalem 3000, a year-long celebration of the founding of Jerusalem. However,… More ▸

  • Sukkot Feature: the Ecology of Sukkot

    Our ancestors dwelt in the wilderness as they evolved from a mixed multitude of liberated salves into a nation committed to building a society based on the ideals of the Torah. In the wilderness, at Sinai, we experience the Eternal most directly. Through this extended excursion in an uninhabited place, we shed our previous identities,… More ▸

  • Taking Advantage of an Early Sukkot, Israelis Celebrate at Home and Abroad

    Warmer than usual temperatures and the completion of the shmitta year are adding a new dimension to this year’s Sukkot celebrations in Israel. The fact that the Jewish holidays began in early September this year has provided Israelis with an extended summer vacation — and they are making the most of it. Taking advantage of… More ▸

  • In Jerusalem, Building a Sukkah No Longer a Back-breaking Affair

    Building a sukkah in Israel used to be a back-breaking, all-day affair. Not anymore. While planks of wood were once the material of choice for constructing a family sukkah, more and more people are opting for the “prefab” models that many families abroad have enjoyed for years. Made of reusable nylon or cotton sheeting and… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: a Hint of Christmas in the Air As Israelis Prepare for Sukkot

    Why are dozens of Israeli street vendors selling Christmas tree lights and tinsel snowflakes in Jerusalem’s fervently Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim? It’s Sukkot, of course. Every year, thousands of people jam into narrow Mea Shearim streets to purchase lulavs, etrogs and decorations for their sukkahs. On Thursday, the neighborhood was closed to traffic, and… More ▸