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  • 5 Ways to Keep the Spiritual Momentum of the High Holidays

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish holy days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity, and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year? Here are five suggestions for maintaining the momentum of the High...

  • Sinai Temple, Netiya lead multifaith celebration of shemitah

    October 7, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    Members of Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles gathered on Oct. 4 to celebrate the end of something — but it wasn’t just the last day of sukkot. In conjunction with Los Angeles-based Netiya, they observed the end of shemitah as well. 

    Although seldom observed in the United States,...

  • Hurricane Joaquin: Can Jews take down their sukkahs for a storm?

    October 1, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    As Hurricane Joaquin gains steam off the southeastern coast of the United States, the question has begun to circulate online: Are Jews allowed to take down their sukkahs in the case of a storm?

    The holiday of Sukkot, which began last Sunday, runs through this Sunday evening....

  • Sukkot in Nepal

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 30, 2015 | 3:06 pm

    Right now in Nepal, a group of Tibetan Buddhist nuns is trapped in the city of Katmandu, living in sukkot.

    Not the beautifully decorated, religiously infused sukkot — or “dwellings” — erected as part of the Jewish High Holy Days. Not the kind in which delicious meals are served,...

  • Sukkot in Nepal

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 30, 2015 | 12:50 pm

    Right now in Nepal, a group of Tibetan Buddhist nuns is trapped in the city of Katmandu, living in sukkot.

    Not the beautifully decorated, religiously infused sukkot — or “dwellings” — erected as part of the Jewish High Holy Days. Not the kind in which delicious meals are served,...

  • The backyard pilgrim

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2015 | 12:14 pm

    Just after I built our sukkah this year, my wife and I sat on the swing bench that faces it and admired my handiwork.

    As far as I know, there is no blessing to say when a husband who isn’t especially handy builds a sukkah, but there ought to be. The one I always recite in my head...

  • Torah portion: From error to forgiveness

    September 30, 2015 | 9:26 am

    Rest assured, there is a perfectly good reason why the Shabbat Torah portion for Sukkot all but ignores Sukkot: All the juicy references to the holiday have been used up. 

    We have already read the explicit commandments to celebrate in booths with the lulav, “so that future...

  • Sukkot recipes that bring tastes of autumn

    September 28, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Sukkot is such a beautiful holiday: eating outdoors, decorating the sukkah and enjoying the flavors of fall with family and friends. The fasting is over, and the craziness of the New Year rush has passed. You can leisurely enjoy long holiday meals outside.

    Even though the...

  • Dwelling in divine providence: An introduction to Sukkot for 2015 / 5776

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 27, 2015 | 8:10 am

    As the sun sets on Sunday, September 27th, we begin 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. The first two days are Yom Tov, followed by five days of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Sukkot with Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 27, 2015 | 3:50 am

    Our special guest today is Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, senior Rabbi of L.A.’s Stephen Wise Temple. Rabbi Zweiback graduated from Princeton University in 1991 and was ordained as a Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College in 1998. He trained as a Jewish Educator at HUC's Los Angeles campus,...

  • Rooted in the land, creating contemporary community

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 25, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Traditionally, the sukkah is a symbol of shelter, a shade from the elements, that simultaneously conveys both safety and impermanence. By building and sitting in a sukkah every year during the harvest holiday of Sukkot, Jews everywhere acknowledge this duality — creating the space...

  • HOME: Eco-friendly disposable tableware for Sukkot

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 24, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    When you’re dining under the stars in your sukkah, the last thing you want to think about is washing dishes. Fortunately, an array of stylish, eco-friendly, disposable plates and cutlery is available to dress up your table while making cleanup a breeze. 

    Because Sukkot is a...

  • Boycott or buy Israeli etrogim during shmita year?

    By  Orit Arfa

    September 24, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    At a citrus farm near Rehovot in Israel, a fifth-generation etrog grower is upset about a boycott, of sorts, of Israeli goods. He’s not referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that seeks to boycott any and all Israeli products. This “boycott” is one practiced by...

  • Inside the sukkah: Reflected light

    September 24, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    What is it about lights twinkling in the darkness that is so … transporting? Is it the contrast between dark and light, or the subliminal message that nothing is ever entirely dark after all?  Is it a primal reminder, wired into our souls via its association with stars and the...

  • Building justice and shelters from the storm

    September 24, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    When I describe Tivnu: Building Justice, the social-justice startup founded by my friend Steve Eisenbach-Budner, to people who know him, this is what I say: If you turned Steve into a nonprofit, Tivnu is what it would look like. Jewish — check. Youth-oriented — check. Social action...

  • The value of touch

    By David Suissa

    September 24, 2015 | 11:25 am

    One of the most overlooked aspects of Judaism is its obsession with material things. Yes, it’s true that our tradition is full of powerful stories, ideas and values. But those are cerebral. For me, the hidden beauty of Judaism is in the concrete — the things we can touch.

    We can...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Sukkot

    September 24, 2015 | 11:20 am

    Sukkot is the plural of sukkah, “shelter,” especially a booth in the fields or outdoors built to provide temporary shelter* during harvest or fruit gathering (the Hebrew asiph, meaning fruit gathering, is the other name for the holiday, in a way similar to our Thanksgiving); the...

  • Celebrating Sukkot in a time of drought

    September 21, 2015 | 11:30 am

    While preparing for Sukkot in drought-ridden California, I hoped that the holiday’s joy had not dried up alongside much of the state’s water supply. For a holiday also called “the season of our joy,” one that celebrates the harvest and is filled with greenery and fruit,...

  • Worth a trek: Searching Moroccan mountains for etrogs

    September 18, 2015 | 9:44 am

    We had to cross the gorge, and the only way was to walk single file on a narrow concrete gutter, maybe a foot wide, that bridged the two cliffs. Below us was a long, perilous drop onto the rocky depths.

    I was traveling deep into the rural communities of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains,...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Sukkot: The most romantic of Jewish holidays

    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

    By Tess Cutler

    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...

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