Jewish Journal

  • Sukkat Shalom: From Uganda to U.S. and Back

    By Amy Klein

    September 30, 2009 | 4:26 am

    “You are going very far!”

    “What?” I yell over the loud drone of the motorcycle as it navigates the bumpy dirt roads of eastern Uganda.

    “Very far!” my driver yells back, turning his head to me as I clutch his midriff even tighter, hoping he will return his attention...

  • Sukkot Sweets, With Etrog’s Cousin

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 30, 2009 | 3:27 am

    Sukkot, one of the happiest of all Jewish festivals, is a home-centered holiday that actually takes place outside of the home. The festival’s main symbol is the decorated sukkah, a temporary outdoor booth or hut, where Jewish law requires Jews sleep and eat all their meals for...

  • One man’s sukkah is another man’s shack

    By Jacob Neusner

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Let me tell you about my Brazilian song. I heard many songs in Brazil, surely the most musical of all countries. The power of dance and music shapes few worlds so forcefully as Brazil's.

    I heard a song for Sukkot in Brazil. It is a song of the shacks in the slums -- that is to say,...

  • A sukkah by the sea where produce is on the menu

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ellen Hoffman and Neal Castleman live in a contemporary two-story home that covers a narrow lot in Malibu. We have been guests for several years at one of the dinners the couple host during Sukkot, which are held in a sukkah Castleman built on the only space available -- their...
  • Sukkot in the City

    By Jane Ulman

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkot ("tabernacles" or "booths" in English) is one of three major Jewish pilgrimage festivals (shalosh regalim) and begins at sundown on Sept. 26. The eight-day festival, which ends with Simchat Torah on Friday, Oct. 5, is celebrated in a variety of ways. Here is The Jewish...
  • ‘Secular Yeshiva’ answers young Israelis’ questions

    By Dina Kraft

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ofri Bar-Am, 19, folds her legs underneath her on a library couch and peers closely at a photocopy of the biblical passage describing the oldest recorded case of sibling rivalry in history, Cain and Abel.

    A student at the first secular yeshiva in Israel, Bar-Am underlines phrases,...

  • Brotherhood in a Sukkah ... in Iraq

    By Rabbi Gary Davidson

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three long, narrow white boxes with Hebrew and English writing were laying on the chapel floor at my Air Force Base in the Persian Gulf.

    "What's this?" I wondered aloud. When I looked closer, I noticed the words "Sukkah" and "U.S. Government" stamped on each package.

    "A sukkah kit...

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