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From left: Mayor of Efrat Oded Revivi, Head of the Civil Administration of COGAT Raasan Aliyan, Nachman Shai, Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Chief Rabbi of Efrat Shlomo Riskin. Credit: Courtesy.

Jews and Arabs gather in annual Sukkat Shalom in Judea

Over 100 Arabs and Jews gathered Monday at the home of Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi to put religious coexistence on display on the final day of the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The gathering was attended...
A sukkah on an Israeli army vehicle in the Golan during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Photo by Nathan Fendrich, Courtesy of the Pritzker Family National Photography Collection at National Library of Israel.

National Library of Israel releases rare photographs of Sukkot during 1973 war

Nearly 50 years after the Yom Kippur War, the National Library of Israel has released a number of rare photos showing how the festival of Sukkot, or “Feast of Tabernacles,” was celebrated during the conflict, even...
Orthodox Jews examine etrogs for imperfections in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat, on Sept. 19, 2021, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

On visible and invisible Jews

During the middle days of the Sukkot festival, small groups of haredi kids can be seen wandering along the thoroughfares of New York City’s Upper West Side, asking passersby whether they are Jewish. If the answer...

Thousands gather at Western Wall for Sukkot Priestly Blessing

Thousands gathered at the Western Wall on Wednesday morning for the traditional Sukkot Priestly Blessing. Present for the ceremony were Israel’s Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, as well as Rabbi...
The Machane Yehuda outdoor market in Jerusalem was bustling as Israelis prepared for the upcoming Sukkot holiday on Sept. 20, 2021. Photo by Eliana Rudee.

Snapshots of Sukkot

Sukkot is a week-long holiday in Israel (as opposed to eight days in the Diaspora), with the first and last days as Yom Tov and national holidays in which businesses are closed. This year,...
The “etrog” (citron), one of the “Four Species” or “Four Kinds,” on sale at a market in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat, ahead of the holiday of Sukkot, Oct. 10, 2019. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

UAE aids delivery of citrons, myrtle to Iranian Jewish community ahead of Sukkot

The United Arab Emirates helped coordinate the delivery of around 500 citrons, known as etrogim in Hebrew, and packages of myrtle to Iran’s Jewish community to be used for Sukkot, reported The Jerusalem Post. Citrons and myrtle, called...
Evangelical Christians from around the world sing and recite prayers as they attend the 2013 Jerusalem Chairman's Conference, hosted by the Israel Allies Foundation, at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, on Sept. 22, 2013. Photo by Flash90.

‘Israel’s Top 50 Christian allies’

In honor of the Sukkot holiday, which begins this year on Monday evening, the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) has published its annual list of Israel’s Top 50 Christian Allies. The diverse list spans continents and denominations, and...
At-home booklet for use during Sukkot. Credit: Chabad.org/News.

Sukkot guide to help those at home celebrate holiday

Along with spending time in the sukkah and waving the “Four Species” or “Four Kinds” (etrog, lulav, arava and hadass) a central observance of the holiday of Sukkot is holding festive evening-time celebrations. Known as Simchat Beit Hashoeva, they harken back to the...
A view of a sukkah. Credit: jennylipets/Shutterstock.

‘If you build it, they will come’: The blessings of the holiday sukkah

Some people take the commandment to beautify a mitzvah very seriously indeed, especially when it comes to their sukkah. It’s been nearly three decades since Len Upin took brush in hand and, using acrylics, painted a...

Ari Hill – Sukkah’le

Ari Hill - Sukkah’le נטע לוין מגיש: ארי היל - סוכהל'ה אמן הנשמה ארי היל בקליפ סוחף ומלא געגועים ללחנו של ר' יחזקי' וויס סוכהל'ה על רקע הר הבית והכותל המערבי מקום ממנו לא זזה שכינה, כאשר כל...