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Sukkot Shantytowns

Sukkot Shantytown

Photo Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90

Some neighborhoods in Israel sprout so many sukkahs, they start looking a little surreal. Especially since this model, with solid planks of wood, really looks like someone’s idea of illegal construction. On rooftops, on porches, between buildings they pop up…

We built our sukkah in the parking lot, outside the kitchen. This year we decided not to run a line for an electric light. We’re going with candles instead.

After decades in which we sat in the communal sukkah in the co-ops on Grand Street, where our participation in building the thing was, basically, by writing a check to the sukkah committee – building our own sukkah is outright heady.

And we don’t have to wait for a table.

Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90

Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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