High Holidays

How to celebrate Succot without a succah


(My Jewish Learning via JTA) – The central mitzvah of Succot is found in Leviticus 23:42, where Jews are commanded to dwell in a sukkah , a temporary hut, for seven days and nights. We do this in order to remember the experiences of our ancestors, both...
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Why Succot is actually the best holiday for kids


(Kveller via JTA) — Here’s the short version of this article.

If you leave your kids home on the High Holidays so you can have grownup praying time, bring your kids on Succot.

If you bring your kids to the High Holidays, then bring them back on...
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Had enough sweet stuff at the New Year? Here’s some savory for Succot.


(JTA) — So much at the Jewish New Year is sweet — first fruits, honey, honey cake. By the time Succot rolls around, we’re often looking for something savory to offset it all

Regardless of the time of year, we have some favorites in...
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How a Chinese fruit became a Succot symbol


NEW YORK (JTA) — The holiday of Succot isn’t is complete without a lulav and an etrog, the four species that Jews are commanded to wave on the harvest holiday. But according to a new book, it wasn’t until the Second Temple period that Jews started using...
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Why these Dutch Christians are celebrating Succot


HENDRIK-IDO-AMBACHT, Netherlands (JTA) — From its exterior, the massive building known as The Ark in this Dutch town looks like a typical Reform synagogue.

On the Hebrew month of Tishrei, the ancient olive tree that dominates the yard of this large worship space is dwarfed by a...
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Chabad to hold ‘Sukkah Fest’ on Sept. 27

Chabad of Louisiana has announced plans to hold a “Sukkah Fest” on Thursday, Spetember 27 at the succah of the Rivkin family located at 919 Broadway.

The Succot gathering from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. will feature music, food, fun and children’s activities. A lulav and etrog will be available for...
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JCDS announces Succot picnic on Sept. 27

The entire community has been invited to take part in a Succot Picnic at the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS), 3737 W. Esplanade Avenue, on Thursday, September 27 starting at 6:00 p.m.    The event will feature burgers, barbeque and other food items, fun activities for the kids and the opportunity...
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Rabbis explore Yom Kippur theme of repentance


“I have swept aside like a cloud thy transgressions.” Merciful in its authority, ethereal in its imagery, and intimate in its address, this line, uttered by God to the people of Israel in the Book of Isaiah, resounds with the chief concerns of...
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Why Stephen Miller’s childhood rabbi singled him out in his Rosh Hashanah sermon


(JTA) — Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels didn’t mince words when he criticized Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and a former congregant of his Southern California synagogue, in his Rosh Hashanah sermon.

“Honestly, Mr. Miller, you’ve set back the Jewish contribution to making the world...
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Area Yom Kippur observance

(Holiday begins at sundown, Tuesday, September 18)

Btesh Family Chabad House (Orthodox) Kol Nidre 6:45 p.m. Morning service/Shacharit 10:00 a.m. Yizkor 12:30 p.m. Minchah service 5:00 p.m. Neilah 6:15 p.m.

Congregation Anshe Sfard (Orthodox) Kol Nidre 6:45 p.m. Morning service/Shacharit 9:15 a.m. Yizkor 12:00 p.m. Minchah 5:15 p.m. Neilah 6:15...
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