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Dwelling in Divine Providence: A Introduction to Sukkot for 2015/ 5776

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Called simply "The Festival," Jewish history books record Sukkot as was one of the greatest festivals anywhere in the ancient world. Thousands of musicians, performance artists and dancers filled the streets of ancient Jerusalem. It was a spiritual Carnival.

Beautiful Sukkot You'll Want To Make Yourself

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion

Sukkot is the Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle. The festival gets its name from the sukkah, a temporary structure that many Jews build outside their hom...

How to Transform Your Kit Sukkah Into Something Awesome

Danielle Crittenden Frum | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
Danielle Crittenden Frum

Over the years, I've wondered why we need to stick with the dismal trappings of the kit sukkah. The metal structure itself is sturdy, comes in several sizes, and is easy to assemble. But why continue with the homely canvas cover?

Sukkot 2015: The Welcoming, Glorious Jewish Feast Of The Tabernacle Explained

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion

The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2015 began at sundown on Sunday, September 27, and ends at nightfall October 4. The Festival of Booths,...

Learning Unity From a Lulav

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

This week, the Jewish people celebrate the third holiday of the new year -- Sukkot. Following Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which are devoted to intense prayer, Sukkot is an extremely active holiday and, as such, is one which, by its very nature, promotes unity.

Universities Raise Sukkahs For Sukkot

Posted 09.20.2013 | Religion

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot is upon us, and university Hillels are celebrating with beautiful sukkahs, which are temporary dwellings with thatched ro...

The Best Jewish Holiday

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

For more than a week, we continue to celebrate one holiday after another, each with its own set of rituals, songs, and customs. Exhausted by the holy days already behind us, and living in a culture that distrusts ritual in the first place, what can this frenetic activity mean to us?

DIY Sukkah

Baruch Sterman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Baruch Sterman, Ph.D.

The law that mandates "making" a sukkah means that it has to be a DIY project. I look around my sukkah and think of all that went into designing and building it, and its evolution over time.

PHOTOS: Sukkahs Around The World

Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion

For the eight days and seven nights of Sukkot, Jews traditionally eat and sleep in a sukkah, a temporary dwelling with a thatched roof, from which the...

Building a Sukkah: Wasp Nests, Palm Fronds and Marital Spats

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

Those rabbis sure didn't know a lot about marital relations when they asked us to build something in the dark after starving all day.

Rejoicing On Sukkot: Then And Now

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

The commandment to be happy is not included among the positive commandments of the Torah except during the holiday of Sukkot.

'PopUp Sukkah' Helps Jews On The Go Celebrate Sukkot

Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) If you're wondering why your Jewish neighbors built a hut in their yard, it's because the Jewish harv...

Huts Of Joy, Homes Of Shelter

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

It is precisely when we are able to choose to leave the sukkah and enter the safety of our homes that we ought to be reminded how lucky we are and how many aren't so fortunate.

Sukkot Evens The Playing Field For The Rich And Poor

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Sukkot encourages us to help the many people who live on a constant basis without permanent shelter. If one has been blessed, the Torah tells us at that moment to leave our home and dwell in a sukkah.

The Sukkah And The World Trade Center

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In 2001, Sept. 11 came three weeks before Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival whose major symbol is a thatched hut, a sukkah, utterly open to the wind and rain.

Blessed Are Those Who Enter: Sukkot, Hospitality and Home

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Himsel

Sukkot is the holiday that most centers around guests and emphasizes hospitality. This is ironic since a sukkah is a temporary dwelling, not one's home at all.

The Festival Of Sukkot: 7 Nights, 7 Guests, 7 Inspirational Ways Of Seeing

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The Biblical holiday of Sukkot, celebrated this and next week, contains wisdom that can help us learn to use our creative impulse for the highest good.

Building A Sukkah With Jonathan Safran Foer And Josh Foer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

What sort of sukkah traditions did your family have growing up? Jonathan Safran Foer: According to family legend, our great-great-great-great-great...