Judaism

Nighttime Shopping with the Lulav Vendors of Canal Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 14, 2016 at 5:07 am

With the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in the proverbial back pocket, it’s on to the next with the feast Sukkot. Meaning, the traditional rush is on to pick up lulav and etrog … if that is your custom. The old time holdout vendors returned to the fray yesterday, setting up shop at the usual […]

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Lulav Vendors Ready for Sukkot on Essex Street [PHOTOS]

Posted October 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

The day after Yom Kippur traditionally kickstarts the bum-rush to the next Jewish holiday – Sukkot. As youngsters, our family would spirit down to the Lower East Side to pick up the Lulav and Etrog. Haggling with the Orthodox Jews on Essex Street who manned the tables that bustled with product. With the passage of […]

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Lulav Vendors and Sukkot on Canal, Redux [PHOTOS]

Posted September 19, 2013 at 6:02 am

For Jews celebrating Sukkot, the few days following Yom Kippur are traditionally marked by building the structures and finding lulav and etrog. Here on the Lower East Side, residents can still stop by the intersection of Canal and Essex Streets to pick up the so-called “four species. Yet, this long-held annual practice is fading big time. […]

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Discovering a Long Lost Kiddush Cup from the Kletzker Brotherly Aid Association

Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

Last night, we fielded an email from a giddy reader about a recent find. “History rescued from the great melt,” he wrote with excitement.

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Simchat Torah Celebrations on Delancey

Posted October 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

What you see here was the scene at the mouth of the Williamsburg Bridge in the hour before sunset.

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Sukkot on the Lower East Side

Posted October 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

Seeing Jewish Lower East Side as it once was usually becomes a little easier around this time of year. When the High Holidays end, the neighborhood bustles in the run-up to the next celebration. Sukkot.

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Lutowisker Synagogue Hosts Torah-Giving Parade on Grand Street

Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

Parts of Grand and Delancey streets were closed on Sunday evening for a large procession of blaring music and ecstatic dancing in the streets. More after the jump!

Rickshaw Sukkah Spotted on Orchard Street

Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

It’s fairly normal to see and hear the Chabad Sukkah Mobile prowling (nay, speeding) the city each year. But a rickshaw sukkah?

Lulav Vendors and Sukkot on Canal

Posted October 13, 2011 at 6:28 am

Each year around this time, the portable tables and chairs are unfolded and placed along the sidewalks near the junction of Canal and Essex Streets.

When the Author of Israeli Anthem Lived on the Lower East Side

Posted October 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

“Hatikvah” is the famous Hebrew poem from which Israel’s national anthem derives. The 125-year-old hymn has a very direct connection to turn-of-the-century Lower East Side. Its author lived and died here.