Following peace deal, UAE erects first-ever public sukkah in the heart of Dubai

By Itamar Eichner, YNetnews— Weeks after the formal signing of the normalization agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain in Washington, a public sukkah was erected in the Gulf state’s city of Dubai on Sunday, in a first-of-its-kind sign of solidarity. The traditional hut, which was built in coordination with Dubai’s local…

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2020

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger— 1. Jewish national liberation is the 3rd Jewish pilgrimage holiday (following Passover and Shavou’ot – Pentecost), which has been celebrated for the last 3,300 years. Sukkot commemorates the Exodus, the 40 years of wandering in the Sinai Desert, the construction of the Holy Tabernacle and the victories along the way…

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Guide for the Perplexed, 2020

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” The evening of September 18, 2020 will launch the 5781th Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah). 1. Annual reminder. The Hebrew word Rosh (ראש) means head/beginning and Hashanah (השנה) means the year. The root of the Hebrew word Shanah is both “repeat” and “change.” It constitutes…