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Two late additions to the Succout Chul Ha moed schedule for Tuesday, the first day.

Perets Zohar  Auerbach will be having a big musical Jam at 4:00 Pm in front of King David's tomb in the Sukkah and at 6:00 Pm

Also on Tuesday the new Chabad of Rahvia will have a event at the Jewish agency (just one block South of the Chabad) from 6-10. Renowned singer David Chaziza with special entertainment for the children at six

Sukkot Virtually everything you need to know about the holiday of Sukkot: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!

What Is Sukkot? A Guide to The Jewish Holiday of Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles, and the Meanings Behind it Sukkot 2018 (September 23-30, 2018)

Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish holiday that comes five days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection G‑d provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. We celebrate Sukkot by dwelling in a foliage-covered booth (known as a sukkah) and by taking the "Four Kinds" (arba minim), four special species of vegetation.

The first two days (sundown on September 23 until nightfall on September 30 in 2018) of the holiday (one day in Israel) are yom tov, when work is forbidden, candles are lit in the evening, and festive meals are preceded by Kiddush and include challah dipped in honey.

The intermediate days (nightfall on September 25 until sundown on September 29 in 2018) are quasi holidays, known as Chol Hamoed. We dwell in the sukkah and take the Four Kinds every day of Sukkot (except for Shabbat, when we do not take the Four Kinds). (becasuse we can't carry on Shabbat)

The final two days (sundown on September 29 until nightfall on September 30 in 2018) are a separate holiday (one day in Israel): Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah.

The Significance of Sukkot

Of all the Jewish holidays, Sukkot is the only one whose date does not seem to commemorate a historic event. The Torah refers to it by two names: Chag HaAsif ("the Festival of Ingathering," or "Harvest Festival") and Chag HaSukkot ("Festival of Booths"), each expressing a reason for the holiday.

In Israel, crops grow in the winter and are ready for harvest in the late spring. Some of them remain out in the field to dry for a few months and are only ready for harvest in the early fall. Chag HaAsif is a time to express appreciation for this bounty.

The name Chag HaSukkot commemorates the temporary dwellings G‑d made to shelter our ancestors on their way out of Egypt (some say this refers to the miraculous clouds of glory that shielded us from the desert sun, while others say it refers to the tents in which they dwelled for their 40-year trek through the Sinai desert).

Dwelling in the Sukkah

For seven days and nights, we eat all our meals in the sukkah and otherwise regard it as our home. Located under the open sky, the sukkah is made up of at least three walls and a roof of unprocessed natural vegetation—typically bamboo, pine boughs or palm branches.

(Read more here: How to Build a Sukkah)

The goal is to spend as much time as possible in the sukkah, at the very minimum eating all meals in the sukkah—particularly the festive meals on the first two nights of the holiday, when we must eat at least an olive-sized piece of bread or mezonot (grain-based food) in the sukkah. The Chabad practice is to not eat or drink anything outside the sukkah. Some people even sleep in the sukkah (this is not the Chabad custom).

(Read more here: The Sukkah)

Another Sukkot observance is the taking of the Four Kinds: an etrog (citron), a lulav (palm frond), three hadassim (myrtle twigs) and two aravot (willow twigs).

(Read more here: Four Kinds Owner's Manual)

On each day of the festival (except Shabbat), we take the Four Kinds, recite a blessing over them, bring them together and wave them in all six directions: right, left, forward, up, down and backward. The sages of the Midrash tell us that the Four Kinds represent the various personalities that comprise the community of Israel, whose intrinsic unity we emphasize on Sukkot.

(Read more here: The Four Kinds)

Every day of Sukkot we say Hallel, a collection of psalms of praise (Psalms 113-118) as part of the morning prayer service. Every day aside for Shabbat, we recite Hallel while holding the Four Kinds, waving them in all directions at certain key points in the service, which are outlined in the siddur (prayerbook).

Afterward, we circle the bimah (the podium on which the Torah is read) holding the Four Kinds, reciting alphabetically arranged prayers for Divine assistance known as Hoshanot.

The seventh day of the holiday is known as Hoshanah Rabbah. This is the day when our fates for the coming year—which were signed on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur—are finalized. On this day, we circle the bimah seven times. We also say a short prayer and strike the ground five times with bundles of five willows (also known as Hoshanot)

(Read more here: Hoshanot: Winding and Willows)

Sukkot in the Holy Temple

In the days of the holy Temple in Jerusalem, there was a special regimen of sacrifices that were to be brought on the altar. On the first day, no less than 13 bulls, two rams, and 14 lambs were to be sacrificed. Every day, the number of bulls was depleted by one. All in all, 70 bulls were brought, corresponding to the 70 nations of the world.

Along with Passover and Shavuot, Sukkot is one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three annual pilgrimages, when every male Jew was to be in Jerusalem. Every seven years, on Sukkot, the king would read aloud from the Torah to the entire nation—men, women and children. This special gathering was known as Hakhel.

(Read more here: What Is Hakhel?)

Water and Joy

On Sukkot, G‑d determines how much rain will fall that winter (the primary rainy season in Israel). Thus, while every sacrifice in the Temple included wine libations poured over the altar, on Sukkot, water was also poured over the altar in a special ceremony. This ritual engendered such joy that it was celebrated with music, dancing and singing all night long. This celebration was called "Simchat Beit Hasho'evah."

Even today, when there is no Temple, it is customary to hold nightly celebrations that include singing and dancing (and even live music during the intermediate days of the holiday).

This holiday is so joyous that in Talmudic times, when someone said the word chag ("holiday") without specifying which one, you could know that they were referring to Sukkot.

(Read more here: The Joyous Water-Drawing Ceremony)

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah: Even More Joy

The Torah tells us that after the seven days of Sukkot, we should celebrate an eighth day. In the diaspora, this eighth day is doubled, making two days of yom tov. On the final day, it is customary to conclude and then immediately begin the annual cycle of Torah reading, making this day Simchat Torah ("Torah Celebration").

Although the eighth day follows Sukkot, it is actually an independent holiday in many respects (we no longer take the Four Kinds or dwell in the sukkah). Diaspora Jews eat in the sukkah, but without saying the accompanying blessing (there are some who eat just some of their meals in the sukkah on the eighth day but not the ninth).

The highlight of this holiday is the boisterous singing and dancing in the synagogue, as the Torah scrolls are paraded in circles around the bimah.

(Read more here: What to Expect at Simchat Torah)

Final Note

By the time Simchat Torah is over, we have experienced a spiritual roller coaster, from the solemn introspection of the High Holidays to the giddy joy of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Now it is time to convert the roller coaster into a locomotive, making sure that the inspiration of the holiday season propels us to greater growth, learning and devotion in the year ahead.

Ties That Bind; Experience the Power of Tefillin

The  first 'installment', "The Ties That Bind: Experience the Power of Tefillin," i at Jerusalem Herald 

Cancer-preventing avocados and liver-protecting coffee

12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado

The avocado is a rather unique fruit.

While most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, avocado is high in healthy fats.

Numerous studies show that it has powerful health benefits.

Here are 12 health benefits of avocado that are supported by scientific research.

1. Avocado Is Incredibly Nutritious

Avocado is the fruit of the avocado tree, scientifically known as Persea americana (1).

This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to various dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is the main ingredient in guacamole.

These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health-conscious individuals. It's often referred to as a superfood, which is not surprising given its health properties (2).

There are many types of avocado that vary in shape and color — from pear-shaped to round and green to black. They can also weigh anywhere from 8 ounces (220 grams) to 3 pounds (1.4 kg).

The most popular variety is the Hass avocado.

It's often called "alligator pear," which is very descriptive, as it tends to be pear-shaped and has green, bumpy skin like an alligator.

The yellow-green flesh inside the fruit is eaten, but the skin and seed are discarded.

Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving (3):

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
  • Folate: 20% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the DV
  • Potassium: 14% of the DV
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
  • It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).

This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber, so there are only 2 "net" carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.

Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fat. This is why they are favored by some experts who believe these substances are harmful, which is a debated topic, however.

SUMMARY Avocado is a green, pear-shaped fruit often called an "alligator pear." It is loaded with healthy fats, fiber and various important nutrients.2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas

Potassium is a nutrient that most people don't get enough of (4).

This nutrient helps maintain electrical gradients in your body's cells and serves various important functions.

Avocados are very high in potassium. A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving packs 14% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), compared to 10% in bananas, which are a typical high-potassium food (5).

Several studies show that having a high potassium intake is linked to reduced blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure (6).

SUMMARYPotassium is an important mineral that most people don't get enough of. Avocados are very high in potassium, which should support healthy blood pressure levels.3. Avocado Is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Avocado is a high-fat food.

In fact, 77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence.

But they don't just contain any fat. The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid — a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component of olive oil and believed to be responsible for some of its health benefits.

Oleic acid has been associated with reduced inflammation and shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer (78910).

The fats in avocado are also rather resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking.

SUMMARYAvocados and avocado oil are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, a heart-healthy fatty acid that is believed to be one of the main reasons for the health benefits of olive oil.4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber

Fiber is another nutrient that avocados are relatively rich in.

It's indigestible plant matter that can contribute to weight loss, reduce blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many diseases (111213).

distinction is often made between soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber is known for feeding the friendly gut bacteria in your intestine, which are very important for optimal body function (14).

A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving of avocado packs 7 grams of fiber, which is 27% of the RDA.

About 25% of the fiber in avocado is soluble, while 75% is insoluble (15).

SUMMARYAvocados tend to be rich in fiber — about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber may have important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.5. Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world (16).

It's known that several blood markers are linked to an increased risk.

This includes cholesterol, triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood pressure and various others.

Eight controlled studies in people have examined the effects of avocado on some of these risk factors.

These studies showed that avocados can (17181920212223):

  • Reduce total cholesterol levels significantly.
  • Reduce blood triglycerides by up to 20%.
  • Lower LDL cholesterol by up to 22%.
  • Increase HDL (the "good") cholesterol by up to 11%.

One of the studies found that including avocado in a low-fat, vegetarian diet significantly improved the cholesterol profile (24).

Though their results are impressive, it's important to note that all of the human studies were small and short-term, including only 13–37 people with a duration of 1–4 weeks.

SUMMARYNumerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors like total, "bad" LDL and "good" HDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides.6. People Who Eat Avocados Tend to Be Healthier

One study looked at the dietary habits and health of people who eat avocados.

They analyzed data from 17,567 participants in the NHANES survey in the US.

Avocado consumers were found to be much healthier than people who didn't eat this fruit.

They had a much higher nutrient intake and were half as likely to have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that are a major risk factor for heart disease and diabetes (25).

People who ate avocados regularly also weighed less, had a lower BMI and significantly less belly fat. They also had higher levels of "good" HDL cholesterol.

However, correlation does not imply causation, and there is no guarantee that the avocados caused these people to be in better health.

Therefore, this particular study doesn't carry much weight.

SUMMARYOne dietary survey found that people who ate avocados had a much higher nutrient intake and a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.7. Their Fat Content May Help You Absorb Nutrients From Plant Foods

When it comes to nutrients, your intake is not the only thing that matters.

You also need to be able to absorb these nutrients — move them from your digestive tract and to your body, where they can be used.

Some nutrients are fat-soluble, meaning that they need to be combined with fat in order to be utilized.

Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble, along with antioxidants like carotenoids.

One study showed that adding avocado or avocado oil to either salad or salsa can increase antioxidant absorption 2.6- to 15-fold (26).

So, not only is avocado highly nutritious, it can dramatically increase the nutrient value of other plant foods that you are eating.

This is an excellent reason to always include a healthy fat source when you eat veggies. Without it, a lot of the beneficial plant nutrients will go to waste.

SUMMARYStudies have shown that eating avocado or avocado oil with vegetables can dramatically increase the number of antioxidants you take in.8. Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect Your Eyes

Not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, they are also high in antioxidants themselves.

This includes the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are incredibly important for eye health (2728).

Studies show that they're linked to a drastically reduced risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, which are common in older adults (2930).

Therefore, eating avocados should benefit your eye health over the long term.

SUMMARYAvocados are high in antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients are very important for eye health and lower your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.9. Avocado May Help Prevent Cancer

There is limited evidence that avocado may be beneficial in cancer treatment and prevention.

Test-tube studies suggest that it may help reduce side effects of chemotherapy in human lymphocytes (31).

Avocado extract has also been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells in a laboratory (32).

However, keep in mind that these studies were done in isolated cells and don't necessarily prove what may happen inside people. Human-based research is unavailable.

SUMMARYSome test-tube studies have shown that nutrients in avocados may have benefits in preventing prostate cancer and lowering side effects of chemotherapy. However, human-based research is lacking.10. Avocado Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis is a common problem in Western countries. There are many types of this condition, which are often chronic problems that people have for the rest of their lives.

Multiple studies suggest that avocado and soybean oil extracts — called avocado and soybean unsaponifiables — can reduce osteoarthritis (3334).

Whether avocados themselves have this effect remains to be seen.

SUMMARYStudies have shown that avocado and soybean oil extracts can significantly reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis.11. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight

There is some evidence that avocados are a weight loss friendly food.

In one study, people eating avocado with a meal felt 23% more satisfied and had a 28% lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours, compared to people who did not consume this fruit (35).

Should this hold true in the long term, then including avocados in your diet may help you naturally eat fewer calories and make it easier for you to stick to healthy eating habits.

Avocados are also high in fiber and very low in carbs, two attributes that should help promote weight loss as well, at least in the context of a healthy, real-food-based diet.

SUMMARYAvocados may aid weight loss by keeping you full longer and making you eat fewer calories. They're also high in fiber and low in carbs, which may promote weight loss.12. Avocado Is Delicious and Easy to Incorporate in Your Diet

Avocados are not only healthy, they're also incredibly delicious and go with many types of food.

You can add them to salads and various recipes or simply scoop them out with a spoon and eat them plain.

They have a creamy, rich, fatty texture and blend well with other ingredients.

A notable mention is guacamole, which is arguably the most famous use of avocados. It includes avocado along with ingredients like salt, garlic, lime and a few others depending on the recipe.

An avocado often takes some time to ripen and should feel slightly soft when ripe. The nutrients in avocado can oxidize and turn brown soon after fleshing it, but adding lemon juice should slow down this process.

SUMMARYAvocados have a creamy, rich, fatty texture and blend well with other ingredients. Therefore, it's easy to add this fruit to your diet. Using lemon juice may prevent cut avocados from browning quickly.The Bottom Line

Avocados are an excellent food, loaded with nutrients, many of which are lacking in the modern diet.

They're weight loss friendly, heart healthy and, last but not least, taste incredible.

FEEDBACK:Written by Kris Gunnars, BSc

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Some Funny sayings from stores around the world

We will heel you
We will save your sole
We will even dye for you.

Blind man driving.

Sign over a Gynecologist's Office:
"Dr. Jones, at your cervix.
In a Podiatrist's office:
"Time wounds all heels.

On a Septic Tank Truck:
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels

At an Optometrist's Office:
"If you don't see what you're looking for,
You've come to the right place.

On a Plumber's truck:
"We repair what your husband fixed.

On another Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:
"Invite us to your next blowout.

On an Electrician's truck:
"Let us remove your shorts.

In a Non-smoking Area:
"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and
will take appropriate action.

On a Maternity Room door:
"Push. Push. Push.

At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment.

Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.

In a Veterinarian's waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!

At the Electric Company:
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time.
However, if you don't, YOU will be de-lighted.

In a Restaurant window:
"Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.

In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
"Drive carefully. We'll wait.

At a Propane Filling Station:
"Thank Heaven for little grills.

In a Chicago Radiator Shop:
"Best place in town to take a leak.

And the best one for last ;
Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck:
Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises

Sukkot in Jerusalem 2018 Events

Sukkot, considered one of the happiest times in the Jewish calendar, comes out 15 days after the Jewish new year and five days after Yom Kippur. It is the first harvest festival of the year and it also commemorates the 40 years of wandering the Israelites underwent in the desert on their way to Canaan, the promised land. During the time of the temples in Jerusalem, people came to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage (called an aliyah leregel – ascending by foot) for this festival with fruits and other gifts to offer as sacrifices in the temple.

Within an hour or two of the fast of Yom Kippur ending, you can hear hammering and drilling around town. Many of Jerusalem's residents can be found jumping at the opportunity to begin preparing for the holiday of Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, by building their sukkot, the temporary structures in which Jews dwell for the seven days of the holiday.

To be exact, the last day, although attached to Sukkot, is a different holiday, namely Simchat Torah, the day that celebrates the completion of the annual cycle the reading of the Torah. It is commemorated with much singing and dancing at synagogues – and even on the streets – with Torah scrolls, throughout Jerusalem, Israel and the entire Jewish world.

This year Sukkot begins before sundown September 23 and it ends after sundown on September 30. Sukkot is one of the most vibrant times of year in Jerusalem. Here is an overview of the annual events that take place in Jerusalem over Sukkot. You are more than welcome to come and join in the festivities!


Sukkot Events in Jerusalem Museums & Attractions Celebrate Sukkot at the Jewish Quarter

The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter is offering unique family-friendly attractions and activities for Chol HaMoed Sukkot!

  • Guided tours (every day on the hour) for children at the Jewish Quarter sites, including entry. The tours are 50 ILS per person. Free for JTicket holdres. Visitors will enjoy the JTicket option during Chol HaMoed. The JTicket is a combined travel ticket offering lower prices on a variety of attarctions. It is perfect for families who want to travel and explore the city during the holiday and look for ways to lower the costs. Tickets can be purchased at the company's website and the Jewish Qaurter sites. JTicket is valid only during Chol HaMoed. Entry to sites are limited – one entrance per site.
  • 4 sites/attractions/activities of your choice, from the following list: Burnt House, Herodian Quarter, Hurva Synagogue, Israeli Tower, Old Yishuv Court Museum, Bible Experience, Western Wall Squad, Live teh Bible, The Four Sephardic Synagogues, and Davidson Center.

In addition to the entry to the quarter's sites, visitors will enjoy two additional workshop at no extra cost:

  • The Hurva Synagogue will be hosting an interactive musical workshop on the Ramban roof. Participants will go on an experiential journey after the world's different percussion instruments while getting familiarized with the rythm of the Middle East.
  • The Herodian Quarter will be hosting a Sukkot musical workshop for families, where you can sing along and learn the holiday's best tunes and their relation to ancient traditions.

Family Sukkot JTicket tickets will be sold during Chol HaMoed. Tickets cover a family tickets for a couple + 2 kids for 175 ILS and  a family ticket for a couple + 3 kids for 275 ILS.

When: September 25-27, 10 AM – 8 PM
Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem
Cost: up to 275 ILS for the whole family, including all activities and workshops.

Check the Jewish Quarter tours>>

  • 072-3932801

Extreme Sukkot at the Old City


The company for East Jerusalem Development invites you to celebrate Chol HaMoed Sukkot with your entire family! The company offers some of the best tourist attractions in the Jewish Quarter. Join a fascinating theatrical tour or take a self-guided tour around Zedekiah's Cave. Admire the breathtaking views from the Northern and Southern routes of the Ramparts Walk surrounding the Old City, or challenge yourself with an extremely exciting outdoor rappelling adventure!

Make sure you bring comfortable shoes, a hat, and water.

When: September 25-27, 9 AM – 5 PM
Where: Zedekiah's Cave – Sultan Suliman Street; Ramparts Walk (both routes) – Jaffa Gate
Cost: Self-track – 10 ILS; Extreme track – 30 ILS

Contact the Southern Ramparts: 

  • 072-3290703

Contact the Northern Ramparts:

  • 072-3290759

Contact Zedekia's Cave: 

  • 072-3281217

Sukkot at the Tower of David Museum

Photo by: Ricki Rachman

The Tower of David Museum celebrates Sukkot with a large variety of family and kid-friendly activities:

  • Participate in a paper craft workshop in the spirit of Sukkot. 11 AM – 5 PM. Admission is free.
  • Purchase a personal action kit and go on interesting and challenging missions while exploring the museum. For ages 5-10. The kit costs 10 ILS. (get the kit at the museum's box office during working hours)
  • Take an active guided tour around the main exhibition and learn about the statues and teh figures. The tour takes place on the hour, from 11 AM – 5 PM and takes about an hour. Admission is free. Suitable for ages 5-12.
  • Join an extraordinary VR tour around the Old City and experience Jerusalem as if you were a pilgrim in the days of Herod the Great. Get tickets here!
  • Visit the new King David Light Show! An unprecedented international and artistic attraction, which unfold the life story of King David. Get tickets here!
  • Watch the museum's classic Night Spectacular, which screens the story of ancient Jerusalem on top of David Citadel walls. Get tickets here!


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 9 AM – 6 PM (entrance closes at 5 PM)

Fridays & Holiday Eves: 9 AM – 2 PM *Closed on September 28


Saturdays & Holidays: 9 AM – 4 PM

Where: The Tower of David Museum, Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
Cost: Children – FREE! (not including VR tour)

Ammunition Hill Activities during Sukkot – Hol Hamoed

The Ammunition Hill memorial site welcomes you to enjoy plenty of sukkot activities:

  • Guided tour at the Ammunition Hill site, the museum, the tunnels, and the bunkers. The tour includes an audiovisual display. For ages 13 and up.
  • Kids' activities: challenge track inside the hill's tunnels, musical story time, and crafts and make up workshops at a sukkah.

When: September 25-27, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Ammunition Hill, 5 Zalman Shragai St, Jerusalem
Cost: adults – 25 ils; children – 30 ILS. Reserve in advance for a special family price.

If you wish to meet with the fighters of the 1967 war, join a special event that will take place during Sukkot and hear the stories firsthand!

This meeting will take place on September 26, 5 PM – 7 PM. Admission is 25 ILS for children and 30 ILS for adults. Recommended for ages of 13 and up. 

Night Harvest at Beit Avi Chai

Beit Avi Chai is celebrating Sukkot with a unique musical event: a live concert of Alon Eder featuring Daniela Spektor and Shlomo Gronich in a traditional hoshana rabbah celebration.

Get Tickets Here! 

When: September 29, 12:45 AM
Where: Beit Avi Chai, 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
Cost: 28 ILS

Tours at the Visitor Center in Jerusalem Municipality


The Authority of Quality of Service and the Visitor Center of the Jerusalem Municipality invites you to join guided tours at Safra Square during Chol HaMoed Sukkot. The tour will include visiting the City Hall and its historical buildings, meaningful statues, and fascinating street adornments.  There will also be a lookout on Jerusalem's most ancient and newest neighborhoods and a visit to the Model House which displays a mini model of the City Center.

When: September 25 – Hebrew & English: 11 AM; Hebrew only: 1 PM
September 26 – Hebrew & English: 11 AM; French: 12 PM; Hebrew only: 1 PM
Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem
Cost: Free
Call for more info: 02-6295363 (advance registration is not required)

Annual Kite-Flying Festival at the Israel Museum


Get into the holidays spirit with the 33rd Kite-Flying Festival in Jerusalem. Every year kite enthusiasts from all around the country gather at the Israel Museum for a special event dedicated to kite-building and kite-flying. The Israel Museum will be hosting kite-making workshops in the morning and afternoon hours. The day's highlight is a large kite-flying experience, where the museum's skies turn into a colorful carpet of shapes and freedom. 

Where: The Israel Museum, Derech Ruppin, Jerusalem
When: September 25, 10 AM – 6 PM
Cost: 30-40 ILS, free entrance after 4:00 pm

Live the Bible


Visiting the Jewish Quarter? Why not stop for a second and Live the Bible? This fun tourist attraction will take you back to the stories of the Bible through props and costumes that will make you experience the Bible from a new perspective altogether.

Where: 58 Chabad St, Jerusalem
When: During Sukkot & Hol Hamoed

Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival 2018


Head to the beautiful village of Abu Gosh to experience a fascinating musical adventure – the Abu Gosh 54th Music Festival. Enjoy fresh air, classical music and incredible vocal performances at Abu Gosh's picturesque churches.

Where: Abu Gosh, Israel
When: September 28 – October 1


Nature & Outdoor Activities Harvest Festival at Ein Yael


The harvest festival in Ein Yael Active Museum is a true celebration that gets a deep layer of meaning during the Sukkot holiday. The museum welcomes the whole family to take part in a variety of activities and experiences: walk around the museum and experience the daily life of ancient Israel, take a bow and arrow workshop, bake pita bread in a real tabun oven, learn how to decorate a sukkah, weave a basket, see a play, take a tour, enjoy the petting zoo, and more!

Where: Ein Yael, Jerusalem
When: September 25-27, 10 AM – 5 PM
Cost: children – 45 ILS; adults – 35 ILS

Join the Jerusalem March


The Jerusalem March is one of Israel's most colorful and vibrant events that take place during the holiday of Sukkot. Tens of thousands of Israelis and tourists are expected to join the march this year in support of Israel. There will be three main events throughout the day: 3 morning marches, a festive happening at Sacker Park and a festive march through the streets of Jerusalem, led by Mayor Nir Barkat.


When: September 27 at 7:00 AM. Festive Happening at Gan Saker at 10:00 AM. March: 3:00 PM

For information regarding street closures, parking restrictions and traffic disruptions, call 106 for the City Call Center or *8787 for Kol-Kav Call Center.    

Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) at the Western Wall


The mass priestly blessing at the Western Wall with the participation of Israel's Cheif Rabbis and the Western Wall Rabbi.

Where: The Western Wall, Old City, Jerusalem
When: September 26, 8:45 AM – 10:45 AM


Free Tours at Lifeline for the Old


Looking for a unique gift in the spirit of the holiday? Head to the artisan workshops at Lifeline for the Old. The center provides a creative environment for the elderly where they design and craft beautiful items with their own hands. Visit the center and enjoy talking to the artists as well as watching them as they work on their art. At the end of your tour, check the gift shop, which features a variety of unique Judaica and handicrafts, all made by the elderly artisans.

Where: 14 Shivtei Israel Street, Jerusalem

  • +972-72-3944571

Send an inquiry to Lifeline for the Old


See you Sunday --Shabbat Shalom

Succot will start Sunday night and last through Monday on the first day of the Hag, with chul Ha moed continuing through Sunday night when the next Hag Simcah Torah (Shimini Azret) will take place on Sunday night and Monday.

Love Yehuda Lave

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

2850 Womble Road, Suite 100-619, San Diego
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