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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸