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Members of lost tribe of Bnei Menashe celebrate Sukkot in northeastern India

Members of lost tribe of Bnei Menashe celebrate Sukkot in northeastern India

Jewish News Syndicate September 21, 2021
Their ancestors wandered Central Asia and the Far East for centuries before settling along the borders of Burma and Bangladesh.
Bottles of David Hermelins kosher craft liqueurs: Righteous Seven, The Fifth Cup (which is kosher for Passover) and Righteous Seven Barrel Reserve.

Jewish St. Louis distiller has perfect spirit for Sukkot

September 19, 2021

If you’re stocking your bar for a festive Sukkot celebration, which begins September 21,  here’s a tip: Get a bottle of Righteous Seven liqueur. The award-winning spirit is inspired by the Old Testament and manufactured right here in the St. Louis...

Apple picking and sukkot building ideas for the whole family to enjoy

Apple picking and sukkot building ideas for the whole family to enjoy

ELYSE PICKER, Special to the Jewish Light September 15, 2021

It’s old news by now, but wow, the High Holidays are early this year. With erev Rosh Hashanah colliding with Labor Day and Simchat Torah wrapping up before the month of September ends, I feel like I’ve been flung into fall even though most days...

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

The joy of Sukkot

BY RABBI JEFFREY ABRAHAM October 1, 2020

The mood swing from Yom Kippur to Sukkot is among the most dramatic of Jewish transitions. From sobriety to celebration, from awe-struck fear to total joy, from fasting to feasting, we re-engage with the world beyond the walls of synagogue, remembering...

Rabbi Hershey Novack with Jonathan Mack and the mobile sukkah Mack built. 

Sukkah on the move circles Washington U campus

By Ellen Futterman, Editor October 24, 2019

Sophomore Jonathan Mack is perhaps among only a handful of undergraduates at Washington University who brought a full set of power tools to college — reciprocating saw and all.So it made perfect sense, at least to Chabad on Campus Rabbi Hershey Novack,...

Cantor-Rabbi Ron Eichaker

A case for the welcoming the stranger in our world

By Cantor-Rabbi Ron Eichaker October 17, 2019

The intermediate Shabbat of Sukkot has provided our sages with opportunities to help us take stock of ourselves and to be aware of our surroundings as we celebrate the fall harvest. Liturgically, our sages inserted some important attitudes provided to...

Jewish Light Editor Ellen Futterman interviewed Judy Gladney, right, and her daughter Erica Vickers Cage, left, for a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story.  

Rabbi Randy’s chai celebration; NCJW’s Couturier

By Ellen Futterman, Editor October 10, 2019

Everything’s gonna be alright If pictures were used to explain the meaning of certain words, no doubt Randy Fleisher’s headshot would be found alongside “mensch.” The Central Reform Congregation rabbi personifies the definition of all-around...

Vegetarian Mushroom Moussaka. Photo: Linda Pugliese 

Vegetarian take on Greek classic is perfect for Sukkot

By Leah Koenig, The Nosher via JTA September 20, 2018

Greek Jews are no strangers to moussaka, the rich casserole traditionally made from eggplant and lamb and thickly layered with bechamel. But because kosher laws prohibit the consumption of milk and meat together, Jewish versions of the dish tend to...

The signs of Sukkot: a lulav, etrog and an etrog box. (Wikimedia Commons)

How to celebrate Sukkot without a sukkah

By Sara Shapiro-Plevan, My Jewish Learning via JTA September 20, 2018

The central mitzvah of Sukkot is found in Leviticus 23:42, where Jews are commanded to dwell in a sukkah , a temporary hut, for seven days and nights. We do this in order to remember the experiences of our ancestors, both on the journey from Egypt to...

In this 2015 file photo, students at Congregation Shaare Emeth’s religious school build and decorate a sukkah. Photo: Mike Sherwin

Why Sukkot is actually the best holiday for kids

By Rebecca Rosenthal, Kveller via JTA September 20, 2018

Here’s the short version of this article. If you leave your kids home on the High Holidays so you can have grownup praying time, bring your kids on Sukkot.If you bring your kids to the High Holidays, then bring them back on Sukkot.Sukkot is the best...

Holiday Challah

Recipe: Holiday challahs

BY MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT October 4, 2017

Ingredients:1 cup golden raisins, soaked in 2 cups very hot water for 20 minutes 1 tbsp. active dry yeast ½ cup (and a pinch) granulated sugar 6 cups (approximately) all-purpose flour or bread flour  Finely grated zest of 1 medium orange 3 large...

Recipe: Israeli couscous with caramelized butternut squash

Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light October 4, 2017

Ingredients:Squash:1 large butternut squash, about 3 lbs., yielding about 7 cups of peeled, 2-inch cubes4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil2½ tbsp. balsamic vinegar 5 sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary, stems discarded and leaves, finely chopped Coarse...

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