Succot's happy hours

By Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair, October 7, 2014

Jules Benjamin, a close friend of my father, used to say, "Money doesn't buy you happiness, but I don't mind being miserable in comfort."

We live in interesting times. On the one hand, never in the history of the human race have our lives been physically easier and more comfortable, and on the other, never has emotional dysfunction been so prevalent.


Too much out in the cold

By Jonathan Freedland, October 7, 2014

It is the festival of exile. I know the notion of wandering and of a temporary home is built into the very idea of Succot, but that's not what I mean. Rather, it's the weather. The prospect of eating and sleeping outdoors, with only the slimmest canopy of leaves between you and the stars - and doing that in October - makes no sense in most parts of the world where Jews live.


For many, today is not just Succot

By Julia Renton, October 7, 2014

Three descriptions of living with schizophrenia:

Steven: "For five years, every time I left the house I heard voices, threats, telling me I was 'stupid; 'a loser'; 'an idiot' and other terrible things. I thought everyone was looking at me. I got into fights because of it, it was paralysing - the whole world was against me. I felt watched and judged. I wanted to quit college, and life.


Rabbis in Succot initiative to settle refugees in the UK

By Naomi Firsht, October 7, 2014

Rabbis, bishops and imams are joining together on Succot to call on British local authorities to provide shelter to refugees living in warzones.


Swarm of wasps makes Succot congregation take flight

By Simon Rocker, September 25, 2013

Worshippers were forced to flee Shabbat morning service when hundreds of wasps swarmed down from the roof of their shul.

The congregants, many elderly, came under attack as they arrived at the little Orthodox Machzikei Hadas synagogue in Dublin. Chazan Terry Walsh was stung before he could escape.


Pop-up succahs built in Heathrow for Succot

By Anna Sheinman, September 24, 2013

Three pop-up succahs greeted passengers at Heathrow Airport this week.

Two of the festival booths have been erected at Terminals 4 and 5, with one to share between Terminals 1 and 3.

For many years observant Jews using the airport during the festival who wished to eat in a succah had to travel seven miles to Ealing United Synagogue.


Succah built in Brent Cross in show of interfaith

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

Brent Cross was the location for an example of festive inter-faith co-operation this week, as Jews and Somalis came together to build a succah in the shopping centre.

The booth was erected by members of the Finchley Reform (FRS) and New North London synagogues with the Muslim Bravanese community.


'There is no joy save in meat and wine'

By Dr Ben Elton, September 18, 2013

Succot is the Festival of Joy. The word simchah is used more often in the Torah in relation to Succot than any other Yomtov. In our prayers we call it zeman simchateinu, the time of our rejoicing. Joy is the leitmotif of the holiday.


Heathrow Airport gets pop-ups for Succot

By Anna Sheinman, September 15, 2013

Three new tiny pop-up eating establishments are to appear at Heathrow Airport this month.

They are not a trendy addition to Terminal 5’s Gordon Ramsay restaurant and Caviar Bar. This modern take on a traditional Jewish eating place are pop-up Succahs, which will appear at Terminals 4, 5, and one to share between 1 and 3.


A Jewish Gangnam style by The Maccabeats

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2012

It might not be Succot for quite some time, but don't let that stop you enjoying this take on the global hit Gangnam Style by Jewish a-Capella band The Maccabeats.