Off the Pulpit: Restoration


Yes, Succot is over, but Rabbi David Bashevkin drew my attention to a beautiful comment that you can remember until next year!

During the grace after meals on Succot we recoite the blessing asking God to rebuild the “fallen Succah of David.” The blessing comes from...
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Off the Pulpit: Here to Stay


After Yom Kippur comes Succot. Repentance, then rain.

Succot actually reinforces the theme of Yom Kippur in a powerful way. The Day of Atonement teaches the brevity of life – who shall live and who shall die. Coming off the day we might feel insecure, knowing...
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JCDS Succot Picnic to be held indoors

The Succot Picnic being held at the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS), 3737 W. Esplanade Avenue, on today will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather, head of school Sharon Pollin announced yesterday. The event still starts at 6:00 p.m.

While barbeque will be featured, burgers and other...
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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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