Don't Throw Out That Sukkah! This 'Shadchan' Will Find It A New Home

Hundreds of sukkah-seekers save money and fulfill holiday mitzvah through Flatbush family's efforts.

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When Avi Weiss was a kid growing up in a Williamsburg apartment, he and his family were guests in other people’s sukkahs, but never had their own.

That changed when he bought his own house in Flatbush as an adult in 1977.

A few years after buying his first sukkah, Weiss and his family felt the need to upgrade as prefabricated offerings increased, and bought a larger, sturdier model. But given his reverence for the traditional hut, he was reluctant to simply toss it to the curb.

Avi Weiss and his grandson, Aron Lowenthal, in the Weiss family sukkah.

A Woman's Place: On Sukkah Walls

JOFA project aims to add portraits of female scholars to those of the rabbis.

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No longer are only rabbis guaranteed a spot on your sukkah wall. JOFA has launched a new initiative to give women scholars their rightful place on the ritual huts' walls.

Jewish women scholars appear on new sukkah posters. Courtesy of JOFA


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I was moved to tears the other day when we visited a family with young children for Sukkot only to find that their sukkah had blown down in high winds. In their pristine back yard, on a putting green of healthy grass, a metal frame lay ominously on its side, like a giant spider carcass, or a sculpture by Louise Nevelson.

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An Orange, Reversed And Candied

Try something new under the sukkah this holiday and give yourself a reason to say a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving.

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Call us corny, but in our family we tear up whenever we recite the Shehecheyanu. It’s such a beautiful prayer; it really brings home how blessed we are to be together and able to enjoy whatever occasion we are celebrating. So our eyes will be moist many times during Sukkot, because this holiday gives us a host of opportunities as we follow the tradition of chanting the Shehecheyanu every time we eat a new seasonal fruit or vegetable for the first time.

Candied kumquats are a mind-blowing marriage of sweet and sour. Ronnie Fein

Sukkot: The How And Why Of Happiness

Our liturgy refers to the holiday of Sukkot as "zman simchatenu" – "the season of our happiness." In the land of Israel, it marks the completion of the final harvest of the agricultural year.

A Spiritual Fresh Start

Rabbi Michael Levy

Sukkot, By The Numbers

Whole lotta shakin’ going on.

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According to the book of Numbers, for 40 years Moses and the 603,550 men (not to mention women, children and other hangers-on), wandered the Sinai Desert, homeless, erecting temporary huts — sukkahs — on their way from Egypt to Israel. Some say that number is awfully high, and can’t possibly be accurate, but numbers are hard to pin down.

Sukkot is chic. Fotolia

Sukkot And The Great Unification

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Candlelighting, Readings:
Candlelighting: 6:40 p.m. (Wed.);
7:39 p.m. (Thu.); 6:36 p.m. (Fri.)
Torah readings: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29:17-25
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah. 7:35 p.m.

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann

Shakin' The Lulav

Starring David Bar-Cohn, Moshe Hamburg, Stuart Schnee and Dr. Efraim Rosenbaum. Based on the song "Twist & Shout". Lyrics/Director/Editor - David Bar-Cohn. Filmed Oct. 11, 2011 in Ramat Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem.

In A First, Local Kosher Soup Kitchens To Offer Sukkot Meals

Three locations to distribute hundreds of meals to needy during festival.

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Masbia, which operates three restaurant-style centers distributing food to the needy, will construct sukkah booths during this week's festival and remain open throughout the holiday, the organization announced Monday.

While the Borough Park location previously opened for a limited time during Sukkot, it is the first time all three locations, including those in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and Rego Park, Queens will open for the full week.

Meals for the needy will continue during this week's Sukkot festival, Masbia announced. Via
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