Why Sukkot is Like the Love that Glows

On the Shabbat during Sukkot we read of Moshe’s second trip up Mount Sinai. When he returns, something startling happens: Moshe’s face radiates. As he speaks, the people are so afraid of it that he is obliged to put on a veil. Sukkot is the culmination of the Jewish holiday cycle. When we stand before… Read More

SUKKAH BUILDING

The day after breaking the Yom Kippur fast, members of Beth Israel Congregation gathered to build a sukkah just outside the entrance to the Owings Mills synagogue. The shul’s Hebrew schoolers spent the morning of Oct. 1 channeling their creative side to make decorations, including colorful paper chains that were hung within the temporary dwelling.

Celebrate Sukkot

If you hear the sound of hammering, it may be from the sukkahs that are being built all over town at synagogues and homes in preparation for the upcoming observation of Sukkot, which this year runs from the evening of Oct. 4 to the evening of Oct. 11. While synagogues across the area are holding… Read More

A Sukkah of Joy

Forty years ago, Ruth and Sy Hefter built a one-of-a-kind sukkah. Four decades later, their temporary holiday hut has lived in three states, survived two major hurricanes and now resides in Baltimore. “My sukkah is inspired from a sukkah at the Jewish Museum in Jerusalem,” said Sy Hefter. “In that sukkah, all the walls were… Read More

Sweet & Savory

It happened so fast. Who pressed the fast-forward button on summer? It felt as if Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur got the bum’s rush from the Jewish calendar. I went from the hot sweat of August to the cold sweat of preparing my Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur menus. Now, just as I take a deep breath,… Read More

Green Golan

Israel is renowned for creating innovative solutions for dealing with a scarcity of natural resources from seawater desalination to drip irrigation. Indeed, these technologies have been sold internationally and are aiding the solution of dire water and food shortages in the developing world. Israel has now begun to focus on a new challenge, that of… Read More

Say No To Sukkot Weight Gain

Rosh Hashanah has its shofar, apples and honey. Yom Kippur has its tefillot (prayers) and fasting. Chanukah has its menorah and draidel. Pesach has its Seders. Shavuot has its Torah. Sukkot, except for several symbols, is really about the joy of eating in the sukkah and enjoying the friends and family you have invited. This… Read More

Fish Farming

When Ellen Perlman heard about aquaponics through a chance meeting, it perked up the environmentalist in her. “I am very interested in saving the planet and sustainability,” she said. “I never in my wildest dreams imagined I’d be farming fish.” After taking a course in Florida taught by James Rakocy, the father of modern aquaponics, Perlman… Read More