Build a Sukkah On Your Porch Or Apartment Balcony

This article is for you. The Jew who has never built a sukkah before, or vaguely remembers that the last time you helped to build a sukkah, you were four-years-old and your job was to hang streamers from the ceiling.

On Sukkot: Celebrating the Secret Holiday

Like the house Anne Frank lived in when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis, Sukkot is a secret holiday, translated literally, as booths. Sukkot is a pilgrim’s holiday, honoring those who wandered forty years in the desert and those who made arduous journeys to the holy temple of Jerusalem while living in temporary dwellings along the way. A symbol of life’s fragility, it is made of branches and beams with ample space for the intrusions of sun and rain.

Five famous apologies: lessons learned for Yom Kippur

Between now and the last shofar blow of the holiday of Yom Kippur, Jews are supposed to sit down, flip out their cell phones or little black books to call, write, or otherwise contact those they have wronged to ask forgiveness. These days are officially called the “Ten Days of Penitence.”

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby (roughly translated from the Aramaic)

Depending on where you attend services the afternoon of Yom Kippur, you will hear either Leviticus chapter 18 or Leviticus chapter 19. The traditional reading, Leviticus 18 – on forbidden sexual liaisons (incest, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, etc)- was replaced in most Conservative and Reform shuls by Leviticus 19: “The Holiness Code.”