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  • Power to the table

    By David Suissa

    October 20, 2014 | 5:59 pm

    While we were having our meals in the sukkah this year, I kept thinking about another holiday. This is odd because Sukkot has a strong and distinctive personality. The very idea of building a sukkah is unusual. For eight days, this little hut is the center of our lives, which, in...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Simchat Torah: Celebrating Torah’s ending and beginning

    October 14, 2014 | 10:17 am

    People are drinking, singing and dancing. It’s loud and crowded. No, you’re not at a bar — or even a bar mitzvah. It’s Simchat Torah. 

    The holiday celebrates the culmination of the year’s Torah readings and is, quite literally, a time to rejoice. 

    “I love that Simchat Torah is...

  • In a week of shacks, a missing L.A. woman found destitute in one

    October 13, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    While during Sukkot Los Angeles’ Jews were dwelling in their temporary shelters, a continent away, the story of Sarah Cheiker, an elderly victim of a con that took her Fairfax District home – was demonstrating just how fragile a home can be in the City of Angels.

    Cheiker, 91,...

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  • Fasten your seat belts: The drive-thru sukkah awaits

    October 13, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    Last week we reported on the pedi-sukkah — essentially a tricycle rickshaw with a sukkah attached, designed to bring the holiday of Sukkot to the people.

    But for those on-the-go types who prefer to travel through, rather than in, their (very) temporary dwelling, there’s another...

  • What’s Your Sukkah?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 10, 2014 | 9:47 am

    By Rabbi Paul Steinberg

    Jews argue.  It’s written into our history; it’s written into how we approach life.  Why is that? Well, Judaism wisely understands that the truth is manifold.  A does not have to equal A.  A can be B, A can be C, or any other number of possibilities, and...

  • Building a stable sukkah, building a stable L.A.

    By Rob Eshman

    October 8, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Many years ago, my wife and I lived in a ground-floor apartment in the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, on a hill with a view of the bay.

    When Sukkot came around, my wife naturally expected me to build the hut — the sukkah — in which Jews are commanded to eat, and even...

  • Sukkot, rain and Andy Lipkis’ vision for L.A.’s salvation

    By Jared Sichel

    October 7, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    On the afternoon of Oct. 16, the final day of Sukkot, Jews will begin the annual practice of inserting a short but key line into the Amidah prayer: Mashiv haruach u morid hageshem: “Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall.”

    In Jewish tradition, Sukkot marks the beginning...

  • Sharing the sukkah with God in a season of love

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 7, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Sukkot is my holiday.

    It’s been obvious since my girlhood, even before I saw “Titanic” a dozen times, that love stories ignite me and are my preferred mode of engagement with the world. I’m partial to eros, of course, but any love will do: filial, platonic, philosophical,...

  • Time to build a Sukkah

    October 7, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    After you break the fast, it’s time to break out the tools. One of the most authentic ways to celebrate this ancient harvest festival is to build a sukkah (booth) of your own. 

    Today, the celebration of Sukkot is a way to connect with our Jewish past — to commemorate the 40 years...

  • Desperately seeking Sukkot supplies on Pico-Robertson

    October 7, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    Yeshiva boys don’t sell lemonade; they sell etrogs. 

    “Etrog! Get your etrog!” a pre-pubescent voice shouted as I ventured down Pico Boulevard on Oct. 5, when sidewalks became home to an etrog bidding war that would make Sotheby’s cower in shame. I’ve bartered at shuks in...

  • Torah portion: Embracing impermanence during Sukkot

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    October 7, 2014 | 11:08 am

    When I was visiting Albuquerque, N.M., a number of years ago, a friend brought me to visit the nearby Native American community to observe the annual corn dance. As we entered the space where this harvest ritual would be performed, I noticed that all of the participants began by...

  • From palm fronds to poppies: The Jews who brought them to L.A.

    October 7, 2014 | 10:55 am

    As we celebrate Sukkot with all its greenery and bounty, it’s also a good time to remember a couple of Jewish Johnny Appleseeds who added variety and color to the Los Angeles landscape. From the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, Eugene Germain, along with Manfred...

  • The man with the mustache, the Sukkah, and Israelis’ emigration to Berlin

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 7, 2014 | 5:03 am

    Israelis – once again – are having a Berlin moment. That is, they have discovered – once again – that life in Berlin is so much cheaper, and they are perplexed and angry and terrified – once again – by the fact that some young Israelis have decided to immigrate to Berlin because of...

  • Limitation Drives Innovation: A Sukkot Message

    October 6, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Give children everything, and you give them nothing. 

    In a world where endless information and the world’s leading experts on a myriad of topics are literally a quick click away, it is easy to assume that unbounded learning environments are critical to both creativity and...

  • Where will you Tashlich?

    September 24, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    I love the annual ritual of tashlich, the symbolic casting away of the soul’s sins. As it involves a body of water — oceans, rivers, ponds — I like to think of it as an excuse for a hike … and a spiritual adventure.  

    The custom of self-reflection, traditionally performed on the...

  • The magic of the Jewish holiday season!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 23, 2014 | 8:37 am

    Israel is a Jewish and Democratic state. Most of the year, this definition is complicated and disrupting, but during a few weeks every year – it is beautifully simple and unifying all religious streams on the Judaism scale. It happens during the Hebrew month of Tishrei, when we...

  • Believing is Seeing (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

    April 16, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    The reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Pesach (and Sukkot), describes one of the more exciting moments in Torah: the closest encounter any human has with God.

    Following the sin of the Golden Calf and Moses’ advocacy for the people, he makes a...

  • Reboot unscrolls a modern take on Torah

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 23, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Reboot, the highly selective Jewish think-tank that invites “young, Jewishly unconnected cultural creatives” to imagine ways of modernizing and revitalizing Jewish tradition, has unfurled its latest effort with “Unscrolled,” a compendium of divrei Torah written by popular artists...

  • How to feed the hungry

    By Zan Romanoff

    October 3, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    On the fifth night of Sukkot, a panel gathered in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard headquarters to discuss how to handle hunger both at home and across the country. Rabbi Noah Farkas of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino explained that it was an auspicious...

  • We Had a Guide Named Moses

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 2, 2013 | 1:30 am

    For Sukkot for the last several years, I have helped to build the two sukkot (temporary huts) at the synagogue, and on occasion I shook the lulav, and I usually ate at least once each year in a sukkah. But that was about it. I never slept in one.

    Sukkot is supposed to remind us...

  • 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...

  • Sukkot celebration goes global

    September 24, 2013 | 3:18 pm

    Some 2,000 people gathered at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills on Sept. 22 to celebrate Sukkot by building solar-powered race cars, creating sukkah decorations and belly dancing — all while eating global cuisine.

    The second annual event, Sukkot Around the World, was organized...

  • Temple Mount closed to Jewish visitors

    September 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Jerusalem Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors based on intelligence that Palestinians planned to cause disturbances there.

    Tuesday’s closure, during the festival of Sukkot when tens of thousands of Israeli and Diaspora Jews visit Jerusalem, came after police...

  • Happiness, Addiction, Training

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    September 18, 2013 | 5:54 pm


    How Can Emotions Be Commanded?

    ‘How can emotions be commanded?’, I am asked, when I go over the three main commandments regarding Sukkot:  to live in rickety hut with an unfinished roof (Sukkah), wave a bunch of foliage around, and be only happy. I am certainly asked to explain...

  • 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...

  • Calendar September 21–27

    By Laura Donney

    September 18, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Click here for our 2013 Sukkot event calendar.

    SAT | SEP 21

    “OY!”

    Written with honesty, curiosity and humor by Hélène Cixous, “Oy” follows sisters Selma and Jenny as they return home to Paris after a trip to their German hometown to testify about the horrors they endured...

  • So what is the Jewish Holiday season like here in Israel?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 18, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    Israel- a Jewish and Democratic state. Most of the year, this definition is complicated and disrupting, but during a few weeks every year – it is beautifully simple and unifying. It happens during the Hebrew month of Tishrei, when we mention Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. ...

  • 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...

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