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Happy Succos

Wishing my Orthodox Jewish readers a happy Succos.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 27, 2015 at 9:39 PM

Posted in Religion

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  1. Besides Yakov, any of your other readers, attend shul?

    Seems very unlikely, for a site that dislikes religious people = proles!


    September 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    • In Israel we celebrate Sukot (that’s how we say it in Israeli Hebrew) without going to a synagogue or even building a Suka. The great advantage in being a Jew in Israel is that you can keep your Jewish identity without being religious. That’s why we almost don’t have reformist Jews, this Jewish culture club (as opposed to religion) is not really necessary. The religion we don’t practice is the orthodox one.


      September 28, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      • If you don’t build a Succah and don’t shake Lulav, how do you celebrate Succot?


        September 29, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      • Yakov, the same way people who don’t go to church or put a tree in their house celebrate christmas. In Israel Sukot is a public holiday, the kids learn about the holiday in school, the family might have a meal together or a barbecue in the park etc. There are Sukot events and festivals and what not. If you have a religious neighbour they might put a Suka so you will have also some visibility of the religious side of the holiday.

        Same goes for any other holiday, the orthodox practice it in the proper way while the non religious just do whatever dotted with some cultural references, relevant foods and the fun practices of the holiday like dressing up in Purim, eating apple with honey in Rosh hashana etc. Some might arrange a Suka for the kids, like one Suka for the whole block, but it is not so much a religious thing, rather a fun activity for the kids.


        October 1, 2015 at 12:24 AM

      • I know, but this is not called ‘we celebrate Succot’ or Christmas, for that matter. Making a barbecue on Memorial Day and getting stoned is not commemorating anything even for a secular event. A nation that doesn’t have a past, doesn’t have a future.


        October 1, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      • For you, as an American, the only way to connect with the past is by the religion. Even Jewish culture clubs like the reformists can’t really do the job, so I kind of understand your point of view. But that’s exactly my point, that in Israel this connection exists anyway and there is not so much need for the religion.

        You can still be secular and connected. The past is present in Israel, by keeping the language, by getting married mainly to other jews, by stepping on the historical land and fighting for it.

        Just to remind you, even during the first and second temple most Jews were not practicing the religion that much, certainly their practices were far away from what the current orthodoxy dictates since most of the rules were invented to deal with the fact that there is no country and temple anymore. The whole synagogue and prayers which occupy so much of the day of the orthodox Jew didn’t exist during the temples, people just went 3 times a year to Jerusalem and that’s it. This is more or less the situation right now in Israel.


        October 1, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    • Yakov is a commenter. There may be many readers who do not comment.

      Also, graciousness is certainly not prole.

      not too late

      September 28, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      • A reader of LoftB, who doesn’t comment here, is like a porn viewer who doesn’t j–k off.

        It’s unnatural to say the least!


        September 29, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      • I would hope that, unlike porn, my posts are interesting without participation.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 29, 2015 at 9:53 PM

  2. Tnx, Lion. Succot commemorates our exodus from Egypt and can be celebrated as a national holiday by all Jews.


    September 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

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