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.
Try something new under the sukkah this holiday and give yourself a reason to say a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving.
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sukkot is the time of the year during which we modern-day Jews leave the safety and comfort of our “real homes,” and instead sleep and eat in the temporary structures we call sukkot. Despite their impermanent nature, we do everything we can to make them feel sacred, like a real home. We decorate them, we furnish them, and most importantly we invite many guests to sit and eat with us under the stars.