Succot

Ultimate Shelter: the deeper meaning of Succot

By Jennifer Lipman, September 17, 2010
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Torah Live look at how Succot can teach us "the secret of security in today’s unstable world."

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Rabbi warns: 'don't exaggerate antisemitism'

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2010

West London Synagogue senior rabbi Mark Winer warned against exaggerating the threat of antisemitism in the UK in his final Rosh Hashanah address to his congregation.

Although antisemitism was widespread, "we need to acknowledge that antisemitism does not really pose that much of a threat to Jews on a day-to-day basis," he said.

In general, he believed that "we Jews overestimate the threat of antisemitism as a part of our historically justified paranoia. But we run a serious risk of obsessive focus on it."

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Festival fun at Nottingham freshers week

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Nottingham Jewish Society is starting off the new year from a succah.

The JSoc has arranged two Succot feasts for freshers week, with the chance for all students to meet the new chaplains for Nottingham.

Committee members will be at JSoc stalls at the Nottingham University freshers fair from September 22 onwards, and at Nottingham Trent University the following week.

There will also be a bar crawl in Nottingham city centre, a freshers Friday night dinner and the annual JSoc barbecue at the Hillel House.

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Christians flock to Jersualem for Succot

By Ben Lynfield, October 6, 2009

Soft rock infused with hymns from a 30-person band and choir, invocations in a multitude of tongues, worshippers up on their feet with arms outstretched toward the heavens and perhaps most important of all, a break to plug El Al Israel airlines.

Pilgrims from more than 80 countries attended the Christian evangelical service in Jerusalem on Sunday. It was one of the highlights of the annual Feast of Tabernacles festivities that coincide with Succot, and are organised by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ).

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Police prepare for more Jerusalem violence

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2009

Police in Jerusalem are preparing for more violence in Jerusalem and will be on high alert during today’s annual Succot Jerusalem march, which 70,000 people are expected to attend.

Access to the Temple Mount will be restricted to Muslim women and to Muslim men over the age of 50.

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Why we go camping with our best china

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, October 1, 2009

‘How can you watch heart-rending scenes of the contorted bodies of starving people dying in Africa, then switch off the television, pour yourself a cup of cocoa and go off to bed, oblivious to everything you have just seen?” The challenge of balancing a well-attuned conscience with the humdrum of day-to-day life was first put to me by my history teacher, Mr Neville Ireland and it has haunted me ever since.

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The roofless hut that is stronger than a castle

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, October 10, 2008

In these turbulent times, Succot shows us why we still have cause to celebrate.


What an era ours is. Iran is in pursuit of nuclear weapons, threatening to destroy Israel. The world seems suddenly full of rogue states, failed states, civil wars and ubiquitous terror. Financial markets are in turmoil. Rarely in my lifetime has the global economic and political future seemed less predictable. Ours is the age of uncertainty.

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For the DIY novice: an easy-to-build succah

By Simon Rocker, October 3, 2008

It must seem a curious sight to a non-Jewish neighbour. You look out of your bedroom window and suddenly canvas and wooden shacks are sprouting in Jewish gardens as though the houses had given birth to strange little offspring.

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