10 Sukkot Favorites

Signs of the Sukkot holiday can be found before Yom Kippur,

but as the fast day ends serious holiday preparations begin.

Here are the ten best ways to tell the Sukkot holiday is approaching:

1. Sukkot begin to fill outdoor porches,

open spaces,

  any 3 walls not under a tree or overhang is covered with schach, becomes a sukkah.

2. Stands selling colorful decorations for the sukkah pop up all over.

3. Number three is lulav shopping.

It can be done in a supermarket,

but for serious consumers

there are special markets for the arba minim.

Rows of etrogim

and piles of hadasim and aravot.

Each item is carefully

examined and studied

for perfect specimens.

4. Finding the right holiday clothing is a must.

5. Family reunions for the holiday are a good reason to smile.

6. Shopping and cooking for all those guests becomes a major task.

7. Police security check in Machane Yehuda market, the shuk goes to the dogs.

8. With thousands of extra visitors and shoppers, traffic jams are a regular sight.

9. An Elvis impersonator singing on a shopping strip is not a regular sight,

just a sign that you never know what to expect in Jerusalem.

10. Recently, this sign had been at another intersection, then reappeared here,

“To all!

The holy Jewish people have a responsibility of unity

and unconditional love

please!”

  I do not know who posted it, but the message is an interesting one.

Random acts of violence have increased over the last week.

However, for most people it is hard not to notice that the holiday season is here.

Chag Sameach

Happy holidays!

8 thoughts on “10 Sukkot Favorites

  • October 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm
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    You must have been taking pictures at the same time that I was because the arba minim market has the same people in it that I took.

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  • October 12, 2011 at 3:48 am
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    Such beautiful pictures…can’t wait to be in Eretz Yisrael next Sukkot, BE”H. So serendipitous – you found Pinchas and Ruchie at a restaurant. Haven’t seen them in a decade. Hope you and family are doing well. May you be blessed with a new year of good health, joy, nachas, success, achievement, contentment and peace. Have a beautiful and joyful chag!

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  • October 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm
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    Preparing for and experiencing the chag has been such an incredible experience.

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    • October 17, 2011 at 12:03 am
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      Can you believe the large number of people out on the streets so late at night?
      Gan Sacher is full and rocking near midnight now, and traffic there is impossible to get through,
      a Kurdistan celebration!

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