Succot

One day good, two days bad

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

Imagine if the day after Halloween, trick-or-treaters decided to return for a second dose of sugary delights and egg-related threats? Or, if after every Valentine's Day, hopeless romantics expected their loved ones to whisper sweet nothings for a further 25 hours. Madness, we'd say. Once is enough.

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Students celebrate Sukkot at UK universities

October 11, 2012

Students celebrated Yom Tov in succahs erected on campuses, at student unions and by chaplains and the Union of Jewish Students.

Nottingham Chabad provided nearly 2,000 pieces of sushi at a party attended by around 130 students. One of the city’s top sushi chefs prepared food for the evening, organised by Rabbi Mendy Lent.

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Succot's spirit of thanksgiving

By John Sentamu, October 5, 2012

"We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground…" This is the time of year when succahs are built, lulavs are waved and, in churches and schools across the country, tins of baked beans and other produce are collected and distributed. What a fantastic time of celebration!

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The great Golders Green etrog theft

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A man has been fined after he stole an etrog from a specialist Succot store.

Ali Kerman-Shali was arrested after he put the fruit in his pocket and ran away from the shop in Golders Green, north west London.

The etrog was estimated to be worth around £80.

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Recycled, refitted and re-imagined: How the succah got a global revamp

By Zoe Winograd, October 4, 2012

DIY is not normally associated with Jews but, during Succot, our hidden handyman talents come to the fore.

Tabernacle-building is now increasingly an artistic, imaginative enterprise, as these photographs of constructions from around the world demonstrate.

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Succot 2012

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2012
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Hackney family can keep succah

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

A strictly Orthodox family have won a year-long planning dispute over the erection of a succah on the balcony of their flat.

Yehuda and Rachel Benouaich built the succah when they moved in last year but were forced to hire architects and solicitors after Hackney Council threatened legal action over their failure to secure planning permission.

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Thoughts on Succot from the Chief Rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

Joy is... An open roof, an open door, an open heart. Lord Sacks discusses sitting in a Succah.

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Succot, Backstreet Boys style

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

A Succot-themed tune by American Jewish act "Breaking Down Mechitza" to get you in the mood for the festival.

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Why Succot is like Halloween

By Dr Raphael Zarum, September 27, 2012

What is the relationship between Succot and the Days of Awe? The common perception is that while Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are spiritual festivals that remind us of our mortality (“Who will live and who will die?”) Succot is a physical festival full of vitality.

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