Jewish Journal

Sukkah Hill Spirits: The spirit of Sukkot

By Jared Sichel

September 18, 2013 | 3:14 pm

Howard and Marni Witkin at Glatt Mart holding a bottle of their newly released etrog liqueur. Photo by Jared Sichel

Howard Witkin sleeps only about three hours each night. He has a wife and four children, runs a life insurance company, is the lead organizer of the Los Angeles Community Eruv and has... read full article

  • Sukkot Calendar 2013

    By Laura Donney

    September 18, 2013 | 11:18 am

    SUN | SEPT 22


    Get your harvesting on in Malibu! The Shalom Institute is offering a day filled with organic gardening, ziplining, nature walks and music. Families can also indulge in arts and crafts and meet animals in the Pinat Chai Animal Center. Kosher...

  • At Sukkot, turning oy into the season of joy

    By Edmon J. Rodman

    September 9, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    In open opposition to Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which tells us on Sukkot “there is nothing new under the sun,” I decided to build a solar sukkah this fall. To energize my plan, I went to the 99 Cent Store to buy some solar yard lights to adapt for use on the roof.

    However, while...

  • Hut haven: World’s sukkahs shown in Netanya


    October 17, 2011 | 11:33 am

    More than 20 countries are displaying their traditional sukkahs at a festival in Israel celebrating Jewish Diaspora communities.

    The three-day festival, which opened Sunday, salutes Jewish communities around the world and their unique holiday traditions. It is being hosted by...

  • Soups are super for the sukkah

    by Sybil Kaplan, JTA

    October 11, 2011 | 11:52 am

    Cold or hot, soup is ideal for the sukkah.

    What better way to warm up on a chilly night or cool off on a warm afternoon?

    “In The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking,” Phyllis and Miryom Glazer write that the Jews of Russia and Poland served borscht on Sukkot as a “hot and...

  • Report: Egyptian lulavs smuggled to Israel, U.S.


    October 11, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Thousands of palm fronds for Sukkot lulavs reportedly have been smuggled out of Egypt despite a ban on their export.

    The Egyptian palm fronds have surfaced in Israel and the United States, Haaretz reported, citing veteran palm frond traders.

    Israel previously had imported about...

  • Opinion: Can we befriend all the world’s nations?

    October 10, 2011 | 11:17 am

    For great numbers of Jews, the Jewish people is family, its concerns always primary in our hearts. Many take this to mean that we must always attend to our own community’s needs before working on issues of universal concern. Yet from our earliest history, Jewish tradition has...

  • Should my sukkah have a debt ceiling?

    by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

    October 7, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    Each Sukkot we read in Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, that there “is a time to tear down, and a time to build up.” For my sukkah it was time for both.

    Last year the legs of my sukkah were bowed and its roof supports looked flimsy. This year I wanted to rebuild my Jewish infrastructure,...

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