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.

Hurricane Joaquin: Can Jews Take Down Their Sukkahs For A Storm?


As Hurricane Joaquin gains steam off the southeastern coast of the United States, the question has begun to circulate online: Are Jews allowed to take down their sukkahs in the case of a storm?

Children helping with building a sukkah, Oct. 1, 2014. JTA

Sukkot Comes To Israel, And France


In modern-day Israel, as in the ancient Promised Land, Sukkot is a major pilgrimage festival. In the old days, the Holy Temples in Jerusalem, where various sacrifices were offered, were the core of the pilgrims’ journeys; today, the entire land of Israel celebrates Sukkot.

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In Off Year For Israel, Morocco Is Etrog Hot Spot


Assads, Morocco — Why the Jews want etrogs each fall, Mohammed Douch does not entirely understand. What he does know is that Jewish buyers are his main customers.

Jewish merchants come from around the world to buy from Moroccan etrog growers like Mohammed Douch in Assads. Ben Sales/JTA

The Artisanal New Year

Bedouin embroidery, a stoneware honey pot, eco paper garlands for Sukkot: Our annual guide of cool (and socially meaningful) gifts.

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Start off the new year of studying the Torah with a naturalist’s original and insightful observations on the text. From a noted authority on plants and herbs who lives on a small farm in the Adirondacks, “Seeds of Transcendence: Understanding the Hebrew Bible Through Plants” by Jo Ann Gardner (Decalogue Books) is infused with the author’s deep love and knowledge of the land and native flora of Israel. In her research, she spent a lot of time with the late Nogah Hareuveni, founder of Neot Kedumim, Israel’s Biblical Landscape Reserve. Her clear writing brings together the material and spiritual worlds of the text.

Claire Marin’s Catskill Honey from upstate New York.

Google’s Sukkah Raises Workplace Questions

In a first, the search engine giant has two ritual huts in Chelsea. Will other employees be jealous?

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In the ultimate blending of ancient and modern, employees of the search engine giant Google are — for the first time — participating in the Festival of Booths this year. And, of course, they’re doing it Google-style.

Business and pleasure. Michael Datikash/JW

The Greenest Sukkah

Anyone passing by the JCC in Manhattan over the course of Sukkot would happen upon a peculiar sight – a skeletally crafted hut with maize as a ceiling and bubbling, whirring bottles of variously hued greens embedded in its walls. This is the JCC’s outdoor sukkah, an extension of a larger exhibition “Incubating Ideas and Cultivating Connections: The Greenhouse of Ein Shemer,” present in the center’s lobby and roof.

Sukkot on Amsterdam Avenue. Yaakov Bressler

Sukkah City Goes West

How Funky is Your Sukkah? The sukkah-building competition hits St. Louis.

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Manhattan’s Union Square achieved national attention in 2010 for temporarily turning into “Sukkah City,” a collection of modernistic sukkah huts created by some of the country’s leading designers and architects. The sukkot – all adhered to the specifications of Jewish law – were the result of a national competition sponsored by Reboot, the Jewish cultural innovation organization, in partnership with the Union Square Partnership.

Spanish City Reconnects To Jewish Past With Sukkot Cultural Festival


The city of Toledo in central Spain is launching a two-day cultural festival themed around the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Sukkot Comes To The Promised Land

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In Jewish tradition, Sukkot is known as one of the pilgrimage festivals, one of the three times each year when people from around the Holy Land would head to Jerusalem to worship and celebrate at the ancient Temples.

The perfect etrog.
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