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Succot

Succot, the pandemic and a lynching come together in a multiracial Jewish dancer’s new art installation

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — For his latest installation, dancer and choreographer Adam McKinney drew inspiration from what may seem like disparate sources: the Jewish holiday of Succot, the coronavirus pandemic and the 1921 lynching of a Black man in Texas.

“Shelter in Place” consists of a “deconstructed sukkah,” tree branches hanging from the ceiling and elements making up the schach, a see-through material put on top of the sukkah,...

Succot is mostly celebrated outside. That doesn’t necessarily make it safe during COVID-19.

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) — Succot, the harvest festival that Jews celebrate each fall, would seem to be designed for the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, it’s typically observed outdoors in temporary structures, allowing for more of the fresh air that is considered one of the easiest ways to reduce transmission of the coronavirus.

That’s making the large public succahs erected in parks, synagogues and streets in many observant communities especially...

Tents

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

Many congregations conducted this year’s High Holiday services under open-walled tents: a wise health and safety precaution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a chaplain serving the Boy Scouts of America, I conducted countless outdoor services under canvas. This year’s Holidays – so very different from years past – thus nevertheless had a comforting familiarity!

Tents have an honored place in Jewish history.

Abraham...

The original Succot celebration

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Succot, like perfect sweet and sour cabbage soup, has two flavors. A single holiday with two themes.  We celebrate the bounty of the grape and olive harvest in the Promised Land; also we commemorate 40 hungry years of wanderings in that huge sand pile – the Sinai Peninsula – a garden that can only grow rocks.

The Chumash commands us to relive...

Succot: Four Conversations

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

At sundown on Sunday, October 13, the agricultural festival Succot begins, continuing throughout the week until nightfall on Sunday, October 20. Referred to as “the feast of ingathering” in the Book of Exodus, the holiday celebrates the end of the harvest season, when the last of the crops have been collected.

But Succot also contains an important religious dimension, commemorating God’s protection of...

Off the Pulpit: Hide and Seek

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Many of the high points of the Jewish tradition depend upon the end of concealment. In the Torah, God was long hidden from humanity until Abraham managed to see the world as filled with God’s presence. At Sinai, the notion of ‘revelation’ presupposes that before, there was hiddenness.

The approaching holiday of Succot reminds us of this shadow side of Jewish understanding. The schach on the...

Beautiful!

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER.

A Succah is kosher – it fulfills the requirements of Jewish Law – even if its walls are unadorned… even if it is devoid of decorations, fruits, gourds, garlands and flowers. Yet the widespread custom is to festoon the succah with just such embellishments.

We thereby reflect the value of “Hiddur Mitzvah” – adding beauty to our observance of the Commandments. The Rabbis interpret Exodus...

Off the Pulpit: Restoration

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

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 the prophet Amos (9:11). The Maharal of Prague points out that when we ask God to rebuild the “fallen Succah”...

Off the Pulpit: Here to Stay

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

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 that we are fleeting, as if singled out to be momentary beings on the face of time. But Succot reminds...

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 food items will be available as well as other fun activities for kids. Beer and wine will be available too.

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