Ironically, it seems the Jews took the custom of shaking tree boughs in celebration from a dire enemy 2,000 years ago.
It’s hard to decide what in this October line-up alienates me more.
The Bible ties building booths on Sukkot to Exodus, but another explanation may lie in ancient Ugaritic tablets about a Canaanite supplication to Baal.
The Festival of Tabernacles is about showing the bounty of the year’s final harvest. In the United States, squash are a classic symbol of that.
Well, I hold the Passover Seder, sit a little in the sukka, say Kiddush on Friday night and even hoist a flag on Independence Day. I’m just sick of the religious people and the settlers.
Like secular Israelis do, Diaspora Jews should incorporate Jewish culture into their identity with more fluency and ownership. What better time than the new year to start?
About 30,000 Jews gather in Uman in central Ukraine ahead of Rosh Hashana as part of an annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, an 18th-century luminary.
During the Tashlikh ceremony, Jews symbolically 'cast away' their sins by throwing pieces of bread into water before the holiday of Yom Kippur, which starts at sundown Tuesday.
As far as the politicians are concerned, there really isn’t a place for anyone secular, free or — God forbid — atheist.
My association with the Jewish Day of Atonement is distress, destruction and death; so why do I yearn to be back in Jerusalem right now?