Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775

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Rabbi Adam Zeff
The holiday of Sukkot that we are celebrating this week centers on the Sukkah, the fragile structure with three walls and a roof of leaves and branches in which we eat, rest, study and even sleep during the holiday. The Torah teaches us that living to the extent possible in the Sukkah is the primary observance of Sukkot, since even...
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Chavie Lieber, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz., to water his etrog farm. The Phoenix native has been nurturing his citron project...
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Inspired by architects who constructed non-conventional sukkahs in New York, the University of Pennsylvania's "Sukkathon 2012" encouraged students to come up with their own creative themes as they built 10 of the holiday structures around campus.
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Over the next two years, Reform Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Gershman Y and Temple University's Feinstein Center for American Jewish History will host a variety of programs focused on food, ethics, sustainability and "eating Jewish."
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As the harvest festival of Sukkot nears, the Exponent caught up with three local Jewish farmers to find out what drew them to the land and their now rather non-traditional careers.
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