logo

Succoth. It’s Jewish holiday time again.

TAGS:     

THEME:   LIFE STYLE, NYC

By SisiBroad | October 8, 2014 12:45 pm

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations is always to be suspended for Succoth. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Succoth. It’s Jewish holiday time again. Sukkot celebrates both the fall harvest and our deeper connection to nature. If you get an invite… go! This is one of their “fun” holidays.

It is a joyous season that symbolizes our people’s redemption and God’s protecting presence as they wandered through the wilderness. Sukkot is one of the most physically beautiful holidays because of the fragile sukkah (booth) that we decorate with symbols of the harvest, and the lulav and etrog which we shake as we pray for a good season of rain (even in Seattle).

Succoth. It’s Jewish holiday time again.

Succoth. It’s Jewish holiday time again.

It’s Jewish holiday time again. Sukkot celebrates both the fall harvest and our deeper connection to nature. If you get an invite… go! This is one of their “fun” holidays.

Jews across the borough were putting the finishing touches yesterday on their sukkahs – temporary outdoor dwellings – in preparation for the holiday of Succoth, which starts at sundown today. Succoth is a joyous nine-day celebration commemorating the time when Jews wandered through the desert for 40 years, living in makeshift shelters.

“The point is it’s supposed to be makeshift, it’s supposed to be temporary. It’s not supposed to be permanent,” said Dovid Steinberg, co-owner of the Esrog Warehouse on Jewel Ave. in Flushing, who reported brisk sales in sukkahs.

The festival of Succoth, which means booths or tabernacles, falls in the autumn, a time of harvest – and it is during this season of plenty when observant Jews leave their homes and dwell in makeshift booths to remember the temporary nature of the world and of man’s reliance on God, according to Manny Behar, executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council.

“We leave the security of our homes and enter the fragile, tent-like abode to show that our protection, at all times, comes solely from the one above,” said Rabbi Moshe Turk, co-director of the Jewish Heritage Center of Queens and Long Island, an outreach organization in Kew Gardens Hills. “The Succoth celebration brings families together as they huddle for warmth and eat their meals under the stars.

You may be wondering, for example, if it’s permissible to build your sukkah, the structure used during the week-long holiday for dining, entertaining and sometimes sleeping, out of the carcass of a tethered elephant.

“A sukkah is a symbol of universal good will and good cheer,” said Rabbi Joshua Metzger, the religious leader of Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown Manhattan which has been erecting and running the structure for 13 years.

The hut, stained orange and adorned with flowers and bales of hay, took 18 hours to construct and cost more than $10,000, Rabbi Metzger said. It is open, he says, to people of all faiths to eat, sit, pray or just enjoy the shade of the fir branches strewn across its top.

During Sukkot, a week-long holiday, many observant Jews are especially keen on hospitality. To my friends keeping festival… sing and dance with joy (for Sukkot is a joyful time, even though it reflects on the serious side of life). Keep the faith…

Or you may be hoping that you can set it up on the back of a camel. In both cases, the Talmud tells us, the answer is yes — as long as the sukkah has three walls (some scholars say two and a half) and stands taller than 10 spans and shorter than 20 ells.

Once more in New York City ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING (street cleaning) regulations is always to be suspended for Succoth. Make sure that all other regulations, including parking meters, to be obeyed.

top_banner PRINT THIS

Comments are closed.

  • PLACE YOUR LISTINGS
  • RED LIGHT CAMERAS

  • MTA UPDATES

  • rek1
  • rek2
  • OUR WRITERS

    SokSok
    Jan OvlandJan Ovland
    Ann TyllerAnn Tyller
    SisiBroadSisiBroad
    Dan BartDan Bart
    Serge KSerge K
  • RSS Top News

    • Erin Moran's Tragic Life After Happy Days: From TV Star to Living in a Trailer Park - PEOPLE.com April 23, 2017
      PEOPLE.comErin Moran's Tragic Life After Happy Days: From TV Star to Living in a Trailer ParkPEOPLE.comAfter appearing on the hit sitcom Happy Days and the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, Erin Moran — who was found dead at age 56 on Saturday afternoon in Corydon, Indiana — seemed to have struggled with life outside of the […]
    • North Korea detains third US citizen - CBS News April 23, 2017
      CBS NewsNorth Korea detains third US citizenCBS NewsPYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing the number of Americans being held there to three. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to ...North Korea Is Said to Detain Another US […]
    • It's White House Correspondents' dinner time. Why are the hacks running away? - Washington Examiner April 23, 2017
      Washington ExaminerIt's White House Correspondents' dinner time. Why are the hacks running away?Washington ExaminerMedia companies pulled out of the White House Correspondents' dinner over Trump, but things have been worse — not that they complained at the time. (Illustration by Bill Lesniewski for the Washington Examiner). For years, the routine has been the same.Trump to […]
    • Five fights for Trump's first year - The Hill April 23, 2017
      The HillFive fights for Trump's first yearThe HillCongress is facing a string of deadlines that set up a number of fights for the rest of President Trump's first year in office. Here are five of the biggest. Preventing a shutdown. When lawmakers return on Washington from a two-week recess, they'll ...History tells us that Republicans […]
    • France votes in presidential election after volatile campaign - CNN April 23, 2017
      CNNFrance votes in presidential election after volatile campaignCNNParis (CNN) France began voting for a new president Sunday, following a volatile campaign period that was overshadowed in its final days by a terror attack on police. Polls opened in the morning for France's 47 million registered voters under tightened ...The Latest: Hollande urges French to vote in […]
  • RSS NYC Latest News


  •