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The Calculus of the Vulnerable

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

Not long ago while working in our food bank, I noticed an older woman who seemed to be weighing her food before she put it in her basket. Each can, each piece of fruit, every vegetable.

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

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 09.29.2015 | 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 thei...

How to Transform Your Kit Sukkah Into Something Awesome

Danielle Crittenden Frum | Posted 09.28.2015 | 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,...

Sukkot: Go Into Your Booth & Access Your Superpowers

Marc Erlbaum | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Marc Erlbaum

When I was a kid, Superman was the greatest of all superheroes. There were others with various powers, but Superman was the strongest, the fastest, the most complete. He didn't need gadgets, or scientific mishaps, or magical weapons to perform his heroic feats. His powers were inherent. He was superhuman.

Swami Dayananda - A Jewish Appreciation

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

India has just lost one of its most important Hindu leaders, Swami Dayananda Saraswati. The media referred to him by appeal to his most celebrated student, India's prime minister, Narendra Modi. But Dayananda did not need Modi to be known in India, and globally.

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

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.