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Farm to Sukkah

Ep. 151: Celebrating the Jewish harvest festival with a visit to etrog farmers in California and etrog sellers on the Upper West Side, plus Jews who fled Europe to become chicken ranchers

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My Second Bat Mitzvah

I’m not afraid of the bullies anymore

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Finding Faith in Sukkot

After reading Ecclesiastes, I realized Sukkot is the perfect holiday for a spiritual skeptic like me

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Jerusalem’s Top Hotels Think Big as Sukkot Approaches

Forget the little hut in the backyard. These grand sukkahs combine luxury and design with halachic detail.

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Don’t Call Me Cute: A Grandfather’s Lament

How did my wife and I, successful professionals, become a ‘sweet, old couple’?

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A Holiday Pilgrimage to an Amusement Park

Each year during Sukkot, Hershey Park hosts a day of kosher festivities

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Designer Lulavs and Luxury Etrogs Sweep Israel

Fancy versions of the Four Species go for more than $100

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Hard Times for the Upper West Side’s Venerable Judaica Store

West Side Judaica has been a fixture in Manhattan for 80 years. Now, rising rent and online competition threaten its future.

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The Talmud Is a Training Manual for Jews Preparing for the Next Holy Era

For a hundred generations Jews lived in anticipation of redemption, a historical tension that continues to define Judaism

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How Large Must a Sukkah Be To Be Called a Sukkah—And Yet Still Be Far From Heaven?

In dissenting opinions, Talmudic rabbis propose and debate every detail of Sukkot’s booth and, in so doing, measure God

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In the California Desert, Wilderness Torah Takes Judaism Back to Nature

Founder Zelig Golden, an environmental lawyer turned rabbi-in-training, tries ‘to reconnect the Jewish people’ to the earth

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My Grandfather Collected Etrogs—To Be Passed Down to Future Generations

More than an ephemeral part of Sukkot observance, the fruit also symbolizes the commitment of one generation to the next

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Running With My Fear

On a run in 2008, I collapsed from a brain aneurysm. Now it’s time to get back on the Charles River path.

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Shaken Up

Egypt’s politically expedient ban on the export of palm fronds has altered the lulav market in unexpected ways

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Earth Mother

Myra Goodman, co-founder of Earthbound Farm, is the Brooklyn-born daughter of Holocaust survivors and an unlikely organic-food pioneer

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Conservadox

Evonne Marzouk, the Orthodox co-founder of a Jewish environmental group, insists the Torah holds us responsible for the earth’s well-being

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Absolute Citron

A look at the etrog, the lemony fruit that helps define Sukkot

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The Etrog Man

A consummate salesman sings the praises of this unusual fruit

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