Sukkot

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.

09/30/2012
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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.

Google’s Sukkah Raises Workplace Questions

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

10/15/2014
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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.

10/13/2014
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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.

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Spanish City Reconnects To Jewish Past With Sukkot Cultural Festival

10/08/2014
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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

10/08/2014
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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.

If You Build It, It May Fall

Each sukkah must strike a delicate balance between material protection and the need for God’s shelter.

10/08/2014
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When it comes to hardware stores, count me as a One-Day-A-Year Jew — and that day is comes around just before the holiday of Sukkot, when over the years I would struggle to put up our family sukkah in the backyard. Thank God it only has to stand for eight days.

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Sukkot, A Festival For Inclusion

10/08/2014
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The Days of Awe may climax on Yom Kippur, but the evening shofar inaugurates a spirited and spiritual Oktoberfest unparalleled in the Jewish year. Immediately after breaking the fast, many started constructing sukkot, not only in backyards but also shoehorned with urban ingenuity into New York alleys and apartment terraces. We’re told that the days leading up to Sukkot are a time when Jewish people are preoccupied with mitzvot, preparing the sukkah, cooking meals, inviting guests, children scissoring and stringing decorations, buying lulavim and etrogim, and then the sweet peace of the holiday itself.

Google Does Sukkot

The search engine giant is building two halachically correct ritual huts at its New York office.

10/07/2014
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Editor's Note: Check back Wednesday for more about Google's Sukkot celebrations: a photo essay, video and more details from inside the huts.

Getting creative with your sukkah decorations this year? You’ve got serious competition—from Google.

A Tel Aviv sukkah. Wikimedia Commons

A Woman's Place: On Sukkah Walls

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

06/25/2014
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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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