Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
Jewish worshippers gather for a special priestly blessing last Sunday during the holiday of Sukkot at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in the Old City.
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A little girl in Israel awaits the building of her family's sukkah -- in this case, an elaborate affair that will require much wood and manual construction. Once up, the sukkah will serve as a place to dine and sleep; coupled with the lulav and etrog, it comprises what's needed to celebrate the Festival of Booths, which begins the evening...
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In Israel, even secular Israelis build a sukkah - those makeshift shacks decorated with fruits. Balconies are full of them. But for many American Jews today, Sukkot is an obscure holiday that is celebrated in the synagogue at best. In ancient times, however, when the Temple was still standing in Jerusalem, Sukkot was probably the most popular Jewish holiday -...
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