Jewish Journal

At Sukkot, turning oy into the season of joy

By Edmon J. Rodman

September 9, 2013 | 12:03 pm

In the recesses of Edmon J. Rodman’s garage, the needs for his sukkah await. But can he find the motivation to build it? Photo by Edmon J. Rodman.

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... read full article

  • 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,...

  • Sukkahs that captured a city’s imagination to go nationwide

    by Sue Fishkoff, JTA

    September 28, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    It was a surprise hit on the cultural roster of a city that may be the most culturally busy city in the nation.

    And even though the Sukkah City architectural competition in New York is being dismantled this week, look for Sukkah City next year in a town near you.

    “Our goal is to...

  • Chicago synagogue, sukkah vandalized


    September 22, 2010 | 10:48 am

    A Chicago-area synagogue, including its sukkah, was vandalized.

    Temple Menorah in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago was attacked early Tuesday morning. The building, which houses three Jewish congregations and a Jewish day school for girls, had its windows broken and the sides...

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