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  • 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 ▸

  • Sukkot Tourists in Jerusalem Prove Fear of Intifada is over

    The Sukkot-Simchat Torah holiday just ended appears to have been the most successful for Jerusalem in the nearly two years since the Palestinian uprising began. Although tourism figures and hotel occupancy rates for the holiday period are not yet available, there is a strong feeling in the hotel business and among shopkeepers and restaurateurs that… More ▸

  • Misprint in Succoth Prayerbrook is Reported by the Publisher

    A nationwide alert to four misprinted lines in its latest prayer-book has been issued by Mesorah Publications of Brooklyn. Mesorah, which publishes the ArtScroll series of English translations of Judaica classics, says that four lines in its new Succoth machzor went unnoticed until two days before the holiday, too late to be recalled. The four… More ▸

  • Election Date to Avoid Conflict with the Succoth Holiday

    The Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami reported today that Gov. Bob Graham of Florida had changed the second primary date of a special election from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22 because the earlier date coincided with Shemini Atzeret (Succoth). Graham issued an executive order changing the date in response to a telegram from Rabbi Norman… More ▸