Sukkot

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As holidays go, Sukkot has its fair share of rituals. In addition to building the huts and eating in them, the prayer for dew, the ushpizin and of course the blessing of the four species, I’ve added one of my own.

Sukkah in the City

Aaron Herman attends Sukkah in the City, an international design competition challenging designers, artists and architects to newly reinterpret the structures while following traditional rules.

Moving out to the Sukkah – A Reflection on Ethical Consumption

09/22/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Each fall after the High Holidays have passed, the Jewish people move from comfortable homes into impermanent huts in backyards, driveways and on balconies for the festival of Sukkot. By eating and living in these fragile shelters, we train ourselves to temporarily subordinate our gashmiut (materialism) to the value of ruchaniut (spirituality).
 

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Suddenly It’s Sukkot

09/22/2010
Editorial

For a major holiday, Sukkot sneaks up on us. Less than a week after the grandeur and majestic pomp of the Days of Awe, we find ourselves doing construction work and pretty much living under branches and within the fluttering sukkah walls in our backyards and porches. From our Rosh HaShanah-Yom Kippur finery, we’re now dressed, as often as not, in coats and sweaters, swatting bees and sensing the change of seasons.

The Essence Of Sukkot, Inside And Outside Israel

09/21/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Shabbat candles: 6:33 p.m.
Torah reading: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29:17-25
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
Havdalah: 7:30 p.m.

What is the true symbolism of the sukkah? The Talmud [B.T. Sukkah 11b] cites a difference of opinion between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer as to whether the sukkah commemorates the huts in which the Israelites dwelt in the desert, or the “clouds of glory” which encompassed us in the desert as a sign of Divine protection.

Heat Damages Israel’s Etrog Crop

09/21/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s unusually extreme summer heat has seriously damaged this year’s etrog crop, growers say.

Strong heat and winds caused many more of the fruit, one of the four species required for the Sukkot holiday starting Wednesday night, to fall off trees prematurely, a grower told Haaretz.

In addition, while in most years 10 percent of the harvest is designated of highest quality, this year only 1 percent received the designation, another grower told Haaretz.

Sukkah In The City

For two days, Union Square Park was a very hip festival of booths.

09/21/2010
Special to The Jewish Week

Now you see them — now you don’t.

This week, Union Square Park was transformed into “Sukkah City” — where ritual meets spectacle, where ancient tradition meets cutting-edge architecture.

Yitzchok Moully in front of winning design, “Fractured Bubble,” by Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan.

Heat Damages Israel’s Etrog Crop

09/21/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's unusually extreme summer heat has seriously damaged this year's etrog crop, growers say.

Strong heat and winds caused many more of the fruit, one of the four species required for the Sukkot holiday starting Wednesday night, to fall off trees prematurely, a grower told Haaretz.

In addition, while in most years 10 percent of the harvest is designated of highest quality, this year only 1 percent received the designation, another grower told Haaretz.

On Sukkot, Stepping Outside Of Ourselves

09/14/2010
Editor and Publisher

After the soul-searching introspection and indoor setting of our Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur experiences in synagogue, the holiday of Sukkot provides the sharpest of contrasts. Rather than continue to focus on our innermost thoughts and deeds, we are commanded to get outside — outside of ourselves, and outside of our homes, eating our meals under the stars.

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As holiday rituals go, Sukkot has more than its fair share.

 

In addition to prayer for dew, the ushpizin and of course the blessing of the four species, I’ve added one of my own.

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