Shmita sabbatical year puts Israel’s Succot four species industry in a bind



( — Hagai Kirshenbaum is a member of the fourth generation of his family to harvest etrogim (singular: etrog) on a large orchard outside of Rehovot in central Israel. Each year, he personally oversees the annual export of thousands of what the Torah calls the “fruit...
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Celebrating Succot in a time of drought


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — While preparing for Succot in drought-ridden California, I hoped that the holiday’s joy had not dried up alongside much of the state’s water supply. For a holiday also called “the season of our joy,” one that celebrates the harvest and is filled...
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Those low-rent Sinai booths

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF It’s a big mitzvah, you know, to “dwell in booths for seven days”. That’s what they tell us in Leviticus: Chapter 23. As usual, we’re at the mercy of the translation.

It doesn’t mean “booths” like phone booths or kissing booths. It...
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Worth a trek: Searching Moroccan mountains for etrogs


ASSADS, Morocco (JTA) — We had to cross the gorge, and the only way was to walk single file on a narrow concrete gutter, maybe a foot wide, that bridged the two cliffs. Below us was a long, perilous drop onto the rocky depths.

I was traveling...
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Sukkah-Fest is Uptown today

Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana will hold its 2014 Sukkah-Fest this afternoon at 5:30p.m. at 919 Broadway, the home of Rabbi Zelig and Bluma Rivkin.

Slated to perform today will be The Panorama Jazz Band featuring Ben Schenk. For more information click here or send an email here.

Sukkah-Fest major sponsors include...
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In New York, high-end dealers cater to Jews seeking the perfect etrog


NEW YORK (JTA) – Naftali Berger’s quest for perfection ends in victory when the 24-year-old kollel student enters Tsvi Dahan’s trailer on Wallabout Street in the haredi Orthodox Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

“Find something wrong with it — find it!” a...
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The $50K sukkah: Celebrating the harvest holiday in style


(JTA) — With its panoramic views of Jerusalem, plush seating area and decorative elements, this could be almost any other room at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. Except the floor is made of AstroTurf, the walls are made of transparent cloth and the roof is a bamboo mat.

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Masked Palestinians riot on Temple Mount on eve of Succot

 JERUSALEM (JTA) — Masked Palestinians rioted on the Temple Mount after it was opened to visitors on the eve of Succot.The rioters threw rocks, concrete blocks and firebombs at police at the Mughrabi Gate entrance on Wednesday morning. Four policemen were injured during the violence and...
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Take it outside: Hail kale (salad), bring on the beef (stew)

( — During the summer we all relish al fresco dining. The moment we can bring our meals outside is always a happy one, and we schedule the summer months with picnics, barbecues and rooftop cocktails as much as possible.Then the autumn arrives, and we box...
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Succot: The environmental perspective


( — The weather is changing and in North America the leaves are falling, yet around this time of year Jews persist in going outside just when the rest of the world is going in.

Succot, the fall holiday where Jews are mandated to dwell in booths...
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