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  • Tu b’Shevat: Pom Wonderful

    By Rob Eshman

    January 10, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    We moved into our house in Venice almost 18 years ago this week. We’d been house hunting for months and had despaired of finding anything on the Westside for less than a bazillion dollars. When we drove up to our future home, my wife, who was pregnant at the time, was too tired to...

  • Cracking open our hearts

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 24, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Tradition tells us that the Gates of Repentance stay open until the end of Sukkot. The intensity of Yom Kippur has diminished, but we still remember the hours together, knocking on our hearts, trying to do spiritual CPR, to wake us up to the truth of our lives. On Yom Kippur, we...

  • Sukkah Hill Spirits: The spirit of Sukkot

    By Jared Sichel

    September 18, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    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 spent the last 14 months battling cancer.

    Oh, and he and his wife, Marni, just released an etrog...

  • Sukkot veggie heaven

    September 18, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    Sukkot is a wonderful time of year to incorporate seasonal ingredients into your cooking. Beets, cabbage and squash are vegetables that are especially delicious at this time of year and work well in many recipes. Sukkot also reminds me of savory sweet and sour dishes that we ate in...

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  • A homeless heart for Sukkot

    September 18, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    I want to tell you about a man I’ll call Jack. Jack was a man who slept under the 405 underpass that I cross on my walk to synagogue every Shabbat. For a long time, I didn’t really see him. He was tucked away in the bushes next to the on-ramp. But that’s not what kept me from...

  • Feast or Famine: Sukkot

    September 18, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    According to the rabbis, the holiday of Sukkot commemorates the 40 years of wandering in the Sinai Desert, and we eat and sleep in a sukkah — that temporary structure made with a roof of dried vegetation, such as palm fronds — because the Israelites slept in sukkot (the plural of...

  • Sukkot Calendar 2013

    By Laura Donney

    September 18, 2013 | 11:18 am

    SUN | SEPT 22

    SUKKOT FAMILY FUN DAY

    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...

  • Making the sukkah beautiful

    September 17, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    I built my first sukkah three years ago. It was your typical sukkah in a kit — a metal pole and tarp structure, stark white and generic. As I decorated it, I realized that no matter how many plastic fruits and vegetables I hung from the sides and ceiling, they seemed to get lost in...

  • Is beauty a Jewish value?

    By David Suissa

    September 17, 2013 | 11:01 am

    When we talk about Jewish values, we usually refer to things like justice, compassion, generosity, humility, honesty, faith, wisdom and so on. We rarely talk about beauty.

    Beauty is vain and superficial, we’re so often told.

    And yet, the word “beautiful” is prominent on this...

  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

  • At Sukkot, turning oy into the season of joy

    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...

  • Buy a sign, build a sukkah

    September 4, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Four Jewish institutions have teamed up to build a sukkah composed entirely of homeless signs. They are asking the public to purchase and donate the signs in time for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

    New Community Jewish High School, Milken Community High School, Valley Beth Shalom...

  • I am buying homeless signs for Sukkot this year

    By Rob Eshman

    August 15, 2013 | 9:57 am

    I started building my sukkah in December. To those of you who are sukkah DIYers, you know how ridiculous this sounds.

    A sukkah is the ritual hut that Jews build each year on the holiday of Sukkot, which begins this year on the evening of Sept. 18. You set it up after Yom Kippur,...

  • Shofars blasting, Bend the Arc urges yes on Prop. 30

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    Bend the Arc is urging Jewish voters in California to rally behind Proposition 30. 

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would collect almost $6 billion in additional revenue to support education, public safety and other public services by...

  • Anti-Semitic attacks in France rise 45 percent this year

    October 11, 2012 | 9:45 am

    France has seen a 45 percent increase in anti-Semitic attacks reported through August from the corresponding period a year ago.

    In one of three recent incidents reported by SPCJ, the security unit of France’s Jewish communities, unidentified assailants near Paris injured a Jewish...

  • Polish architects design five sukkot for display in Warsaw

    October 5, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Five sukkot designed by Polish architects are being displayed in a public square in Warsaw.

    The Poland office of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which initiated and organized the Warsaw sukkot exhibition, had the temporary Jewish ceremonial dwellings placed at...

  • The Clouds of Glory and Human Responsibility!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 4, 2012 | 2:38 am

    After the spiritual intimacy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we subversively break from the walls of institutions and the comforts of home into our modest sukkot (outdoor huts). It is in these huts that we rediscover the religious foundation of our human responsibility.

    The...

  • Sticking to our labels

    By David Suissa

    October 3, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Is it possible to be religiously not religious? That question came to me the other day when I asked a friend what his synagogue plans were for the coming Holy Days.

    “Neilah,” he answered, referring to the last prayer of Yom Kippur.

    “That’s it?” I asked. “Anything else? What...

  • Celebrating Sukkot, remembering Africa

    October 2, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    There’s a certain bittersweetness to the festival of Sukkot. On the one hand, it’s z’man simchateinu, the season of our rejoicing: In ancient Israel, it marked the end of the harvest season, the time when the storehouses were full of sustenance for the coming agricultural year, the...

  • Sukkah #1

    By Emily Stern

    September 28, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    The moment that we made it here
    to the sukkah of his I don't need to feel anything
    I don't want to do anything except build
    I do in peace.
    I don't need this to be a sexual metaphor, or one of comfort. You don't need to have a face
    for me to love you. It doesn't need to even be...

  • Sukkah splendor

    September 19, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    The sukkah in the backyard of Leat Silvera’s home in the Beverlywood neighborhood of Los Angeles is up a little early this year. It’s not because she’s trying to get a jump on the holidays; it’s because she needs a place to look at her work — three large sukkah wall hangings that...

  • Occupy L.A. Repurposes Sukkah

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 15, 2011 | 9:42 pm

    In light of the unannounced clearing of Occupy Wall Street from its place in Zuccotti Park in Downtown New York early Tuesday morning, I thought it would be a good day to take a look at how Occupy L.A. was doing, forty-some-odd days into its occupation.

    Everything is still there—including this familiar-looking temporary structure.

  • A stroll through Occupy Los Angeles

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 27, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    This week, authorities in cities across the country began evicting the protesters that have gathered locally in support of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.

    The Occupy Los Angeles protest, which has taken over the entire park surrounding Los Angeles City Hall, could be next:...

  • Opinion: L.A. Sukkah sit-in shows Jews' passion for politics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 26, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    As I stopped at the sukkah in the Occupy L.A. encampment outside City Hall, I thought of the Jews’ role in the upcoming presidential election, which will be taking place amid a recession and doubts about President Barack Obama’s attitude toward Israel.

    The sukkah was an...

  • Jewish groups rally in sukkah at Occupy Los Angeles

    By Ryan Torok

    October 19, 2011 | 2:10 pm

    As part of the Occupy Los Angeles movement, hundreds of Angelenos have been living in tents outside downtown’s City Hall for several weeks. On Oct. 16, Jewish groups rallied in a sukkah alongside these temporary shelters.

    “I think of a sukkah as a structure that’s full of...

  • 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...

  • How to build a Sukkah [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    October 12, 2011 | 5:30 pm

  • A Very Korean Sukkot [VIDEO + RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    Last year, just before the High Holidays, a producer from TVK24,  Korean Broadcasting emailed me asking if I knew someone whom they could interview for a series about food and tradition in Jewish culture.

    Yes, I said, me.

    Jisung Bahng asked if she could film me in my kitchen.  I...

  • One People Under a Sukkah

    October 12, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    If I have one wish for Sukkot, my favorite Jewish holiday, it’s this: no more plastic fruit. Each year, Jewish people are commanded to fulfill the mitzvah of building a sukkah — a temporary shelter in which they eat (and sometimes sleep) throughout the weeklong holiday, which...

  • Sukkot Humbles The Rich, Comforts the Poor, Good Timing for #OccupyAmerica

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 12, 2011 | 10:01 am

    As the sun sets on Wednesday, October 12th, the Jewish community begins the Festival of Sukkot, a spiritual harvest festival commemorating the historic journey of the ancient Hebrews across the desert, the bounty of the fall harvest, and our reliance on God. However, Sukkot is much...

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