The 22-percent rise over last year reflects record number of Israelis ignoring government warnings, burgeoning number of Jewish Israelis visiting Egyptian peninsula.
Sukkot is among the most important Jewish holidays in the Torah. From ancient times, the holiday has been associated with temporary dwellings called “sukkot” in Hebrew, and “booths” or “tabernacles” in English. Originally a harvest festival, Sukkot is also called “The Festival of Ingathering”.
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The most popular sites for visitors during the holiday period were the Caesarea national park, the Coral Beach nature reserve in Eilat, Masada, the Afek-Yarkon and Beit Guvrin national parks, and the Ein Gedi nature reserve.
Ironically, it seems the Jews took the custom of shaking tree boughs in celebration from a dire enemy 2,000 years ago.
What happened to the disappeared Jewish traders of Pennsylvania? Were they trying to convert Native Americans back to their long lost Judaism?
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.
Our brief stint in a temporary sukkah should remind us that for some people, life is always this uncertain.
Stuffed vegetables take on special significance on the holiday of Simhat Torah, when Jews celebrate their holiest text.
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