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Hanukkah isn’t a major Jewish holiday. This year, maybe it should be.

Here’s three reasons why, especially in 2020, I think Hanukkah deserves to be celebrated in a “major” way.

By RABBI SARI LAUFER/JTA
12/12/2020

An etrog liqueur to be drunk at any time of the year

An etrog liqueur for any time of year and a Havdalah-based liqueur made from besamim.

By GEORGE MEDOVOY
24/10/2020
A lone man prays at the A lone soldier walks past the Western WalWall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 4 m. visit the Western Wall virtually during High Holy Days, Sukkot

Every year, some 750,000 people visit the Western Wall during the High Holy days, but this year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, there was almost no way to pray at site.

11/10/2020

Expressing happiness on Simhat Torah in the US

Being an American by birth, it has been important to me to search resources to find out how my forebearers there observed the holiday in the traditional manner.

By DAVID GEFFEN
08/10/2020

Simhat Torah in the corona age

The holiday's celebratory dancing is a custom which is not required to fulfill any of the core obligations.

By RABBI SHLOMO BRODY
08/10/2020

Simhat Torah: The joy of mission impossible

Once we start to read the Torah all over again, we need to be reminded of its absolute holiness, rendering it nearly inaccessible and unapproachable.

On Sukkot, a sense of belonging and true resilience

In this 2020 fall season, let us try to develop a true inner joy that is based not on our external assets but rather on our vulnerability, faith and resilience.

By RONEN NEUWIRTH
18/10/2020
Israel Police prepare for new coronavirus lockdown regulations, Sept. 25, 2020

Sukkot is celebrated outside. That doesn’t make it safe during COVID-19.

Public health experts say it’s important not to be lulled into a false sense of safety during Sukkot just because you’re not inside.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
02/10/2020

Sukkot of innocence and experience

The original sukkah-huts in the desert provided the first appreciation of human vulnerability.

By MOSHE TARAGIN
01/10/2020

Thoughts on Sukkot

One needs to enter the sukkah and be fully encompassed by it to fulfill his or her obligation to dwell in the sukkah.

By AHARON WEXLER
01/10/2020
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