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Sukkot

Manifest and Hidden: Embracing the One

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Jewish wisdom reminds us that knowledge is not significant if it doesn't engage, mobilize, and connect. Disinterested information doesn't constitute wisdom until it can inspire awe, deepen comprehension, and inspire transformation.

The Welcoming Jewish Holy Day Of Sukkot

Huffington Post | Religion Editors | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2014 begins at sundown on Wednesday, October 8, and ends at nightfall October 15. The Festival of Booth...

Gone With the Wind: Sukkot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Why do we head outside on Sukkot so soon after Yom Kippur?

Why You Can't Build a Religious Symbol on a Camel's Back (and Why You Should Care)

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

The Talmud is one of Judaism's primary defining works. Why does it engage in such apparent whimsy alongside weightier and better-known matters like human dignity and God's role in our lives?

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.

Transitions: What I Learned Sitting in a Sukkah

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

With the Festival of Sukkot, we mark a transition. The great gift that Judaism holds out to us it to be mindful of the phases of our lives, so that we don't rush through it, thoughtlessly, but we take a moment to step out of the rat race.

Big Bang Bentsching: Celebrating the Beginning Again

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Once after eating a meal on our porch in the festive tent in which we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, my then ten-year-old son announced that he was not so interested in saying the blessings after the meal.

Living in the Paradox: Sukkot

Rabbi Toba Spitzer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Toba Spitzer

The sukkah is a simple structure; it reminds us of the value of simplicity, of not getting overly caught up in the excesses of our lives.

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...

Rejoicing on Sukkot

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

In the rhythm of Jewish time, the festival of Sukkot is known as "z'man simchateinu," or "season of our joy." On Sukkot, joy is halakhically mandated; we are not only invited to be joyful, we are obligated to do so.

Hospitality, Community, and Friendliness

KidSpirit | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Since I moved to my quiet neighborhood in Bethesda, Maryland, three years ago, it's become clear to me that having conceptions of God different from other people doesn't change the neighborly values of hospitality, community, and friendliness.

Jewish Twins Make Sukkot Fun in KidLit Novel

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Dori, a Jewish educator, began writing these books because she too was looking for modern Jewish books for her own children as well as for the students she was teaching. The options become very sparse for middle school age children who were used to more challenging books like the Harry Potter series.

The Welcoming Jewish Holy Day Of Sukkot

Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion

The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2013 begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 18, and ends at nightfall September 25. The Festival of ...

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?

Fresh Air: Sukkot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

It's time to leave our homes and head outside to our Sukkot. What exactly are we commemorating?

Thanksgiving And Hanukkah: Celebrating Religious Freedom

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

One could say that we have created a false myth about both holidays. We decided that religious freedom is something we hold sacred and have chosen to celebrate through both of these holidays.

Christians Show Love of Israel on Jerusalem Streets

Anav Silverman | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Anav Silverman

There was love in the air of Jerusalem this past Thursday afternoon. Marching through the streets, approximately 6,000 Christian friends of Israel made their way with flags and smiles, which they readily shared with Israeli bystanders -- from secular to ultra-orthodox Jews of all ages and backgrounds.

Discovering The Symphony Of Life On Shemini Atzeret

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 12.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

This work calls upon us to imitate God in order to bring God's presence into our lives and the lives of others. On Shemini Atzeret, we think about God seeking to linger in our presence because God needs us as much as we need God.

WATCH: Exiled Cuban Jews Return To Island, Celebrate Sukkot

Posted 10.06.2012 | Latino Voices

Coincidentally the Jewish High Holidays overlap with Hispanic Heritage Month, but these two communities come together in more ways than on a calendar....

A Shelter For Spiritual Vulnerability

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

On Sukkot we are told to leave the comfort of our sturdy homes with their strong walls, insulated windows and security systems and we are directed to live in an impermanent shelter -- where the walls may shake in the slightest breeze and roof is made of leaves and twigs.

The Expansiveness Of Joy On Sukkot

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

When we are doing anything that gives us real joy, we are learning new things and pushing ourselves. We discover that joy helps us grow -- and that there is no limit to its expansiveness.

Sukkot, Interdependence, Deuteronomy And Elizabeth Warren

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Though the now-unfolding Festival of Sukkot is called the "season of our joy," the first morning of the holiday caught me in a foul mood. The early worship with its uplifting songs didn't help much. What did was the Torah reading.

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...

Spread Over Us The Sukkah Of Shalom, The Simple Huts Of Peace

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We, all humankind, live in a sukkah, vulnerable. No great Twin Towers, no Pentacle of Power, is invincible. Only the shared knowledge of that truth can bring us peace.

Ushpizin And Ghosts Of Sukkot Past

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

This is my kind of celebration. When I was a kid I loved reenactments of historical events. To that end, I have a wish list of historical figures I've always wanted to meet. Moses and Leah top my list.