October 23, 1986 |
There was little room for a sukkah behind the crowded rowhouses in South Philadelphia when Min Lazaroff, 76, was growing up at South Second and Moore Streets. But Lazaroff, now a resident of Martins Run life-care community in Marple, remembers how her grandfather, a scholarly Russian Jew, managed to build a sukkah - or wooden-framed hut - in his back yard every fall in celebration of Sukkot of Feast of Tabernacles, an ancient Jewish holiday marking the autumnal harvest. In accordance with tradition, he and his wife ate every meal in the tiny structure, by the light of candles held by brass candlesticks, as their children and grandchildren stored the images in their memories.
September 27, 2007 |
Having welcomed a New Year and a fresh start at Rosh Hashanah, repented on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and been forgiven our sins, it is time to celebrate. Sukkot, the harvest festival that is among the oldest and most joyous of Jewish holidays, began at sunset last night and continues for seven days, followed by two separate days of prayer and celebration - Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. During Sukkot, meals are eaten in a sukkah , a temporary outdoor structure open to the sky and the elements though shaded by greenery and adorned with fruits of the harvest, a reminder of huts used by the Israelites while wandering the desert in search of the Promised Land.
September 29, 2011
THE HARVEST season typically brings beer lovers classic German-style Oktoberfestbier, newfangled American pumpkin brews and ale made with freshly picked hops. In one small corner of the world, though, harvest time means etrog beer. Or, as David Cohen, owner of Tel Aviv's Dancing Camel Brewing Co. and inventor of this unusual style, says, "When you're done shaking 'em, we start baking 'em. " Maybe you need to know a little about Jewish tradition to understand the humor, so here goes: The etrog is a fragrant, yellow, thick-skinned citrus fruit grown mainly in Israel, Italy, Yemen and Morocco.
September 30, 2012 |
In honor of the Jewish holiday Sukkot, groups of students at the University of Pennsylvania will construct and decorate small huts across campus this weekend. The first-time initiative, called "Sukkathon 2012," was inspired by the traditional holiday practice of building outdoor huts before the celebration of Sukkot. The huts, or "sukkahs," are built each holiday in homage to humble dwellings used by the Israelites during their 40-year trek through the desert following the exodus from Egypt.
October 14, 1987 |
Certain foods have become associated with specific holiday traditions, both religious and secular. Thanksgiving sparks Norman Rockwell images of turkeys, and Easter summons pictures of delicious lamb. Mention the Fourth of July, and the mind conjures up images of sizzling hamburgers and hot dogs. But how many holidays tell us where we must eat? There's at least one. It is the Jewish celebration of Sukkot, which began at sundown last Wednesday and ends at sundown tomorrow. For the eight days of this holiday, Jews are commanded to take their meals in a sukkah - an outdoor, temporary, hutlike structure.
October 13, 1995 |
As part of Sukkot celebrations at Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne, Abbye Caplan tied a decoration to the outdoor sukkah on the temple grounds yesterday. Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival, is being celebrated this week.
October 7, 1993 |
The Sukkot holiday for residents of the Golden Slipper Uptown Home, 7800 Bustleton Ave., was brightened by the Sept. 28 visit by students from Politz Hebrew Academy. The youngsters socialized with the elderly residents and decorated the home's Sukkah, a structure that symbolizes the bounty of the harvest and the generosity of God. Sukkot was observed on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
October 19, 1989 |
About 300 people gathered Monday at the Kaiserman branch of the Jewish Community Center in Lower Merion to celebrate Sukkot, which rounds out the Jewish High Holidays. Sukkot, or the Feast of the Tabernacles, remembers the wandering of the Jews in the desert after they left Egypt and marks the fall harvest. Festivities included traditional dances and special harvest foods. Sponsors of this year's celebration included the Kaiserman branch, the Lubavitch House, Kadima Action Center and the JCC in Overbrook Park.
October 6, 1990 |
Students and University of Pennsylvania community members snack al fresco at the Hillel Foundation's sukkah on the Penn campus. During Sukkot, or the Festival of Booths, which started Wednesday night and lasts for a week, Jews sometimes eat and sleep in temporary shelters erected in memory of the shelters of the Israelites as they fled Egypt. Many synagogues - and families - erect booths and decorate them with harvest bounty. Sukkot observances open to the public include: Sukkot for Soviet Jews who have recently arrived in the Philadelphia area, tomorrow, 1- 3 p.m., Klein Branch, Jewish Community Centers, Red Lion Road and Jamison Avenue.