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By Anita S. Brenner | October 7, 2010
Sorry, Mel Gibson. I did it. The rain was my fault. Scholars note that prayers for rain are among the earliest liturgical texts and that the Bible regards the withholding of rain as a punishment from God (cf. Deut. 11:11–17; I Kings 17:1). Just as there are four seasons in Southern California (earthquake, wind, mudslides, fire), there are four seasons in Jewish folk tradition. Unlike the secular seasons (fall, winter, spring, summer), all four Jewish seasons are compressed into one month.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | October 8, 2009
Sukkot, or the season of joyous celebrations, began last Friday night and will continue until tomorrow. A “sukkah” is a booth or hut. It is fragile, just like the world is fragile. It is a meant to be a reminder of the 40 years Moses and the Israelites wandered the desert after their liberation from slavery in Egypt. This year, our sukkah has a few bungee cords and a lot of palm fronds, courtesy of a City of Hope doctor named Mark Esensten and the Arboretum. Every year, Mark organizes a palm tree trimming expedition.
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October 5, 2006
Temple Sinai of Glendale will celebrate Sukkot, the Festival of the Tabernacles, on Friday, Oct. 6. Sukkot, also known as the Jewish Thanksgiving, is a harvest holiday that calls us to be grateful for God's bounty. The holiday also commemorates the journey the first Jews made through the desert after their liberation from Egypt, during which time they lived in temporary booths or huts. To celebrate, the congregation will construct a sukkah (hut) in front of the Temple. Families will gather to make decorations and hang them in the sukkah, beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a religious service filled with songs and stories, and a potluck dinner.
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By Anita S. Brenner | October 7, 2010
Sorry, Mel Gibson. I did it. The rain was my fault. Scholars note that prayers for rain are among the earliest liturgical texts and that the Bible regards the withholding of rain as a punishment from God (cf. Deut. 11:11–17; I Kings 17:1). Just as there are four seasons in Southern California (earthquake, wind, mudslides, fire), there are four seasons in Jewish folk tradition. Unlike the secular seasons (fall, winter, spring, summer), all four Jewish seasons are compressed into one month.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | October 8, 2009
Sukkot, or the season of joyous celebrations, began last Friday night and will continue until tomorrow. A “sukkah” is a booth or hut. It is fragile, just like the world is fragile. It is a meant to be a reminder of the 40 years Moses and the Israelites wandered the desert after their liberation from slavery in Egypt. This year, our sukkah has a few bungee cords and a lot of palm fronds, courtesy of a City of Hope doctor named Mark Esensten and the Arboretum. Every year, Mark organizes a palm tree trimming expedition.
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