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Sisterhood’s Supper in the Sukkah is postponed until next year. So Sisterhood wants to help you have a super celebration in your own home – with or without a sukkah! Click the link to see some ideas so you don’t miss out on the fun.

Six ways for a Super Sukkah week-

Decorations! - On your patio, in your back yard, around your house,
   • Store bought fall season decorations, collect leaves, pumpkins, corn stalks…
   • Make your own with your family- paper chains, fruit/vegi prints, decorated candle holders (real or battery tea lights)…
• Pseudo Sukkah 
   • Eat or sleep in a place where you can experience nature, see the stars, be a little less comfortable
   • Build a ‘fort’ in your home to create a ‘shelter’
• Special guests
   • Traditional “guests” called Ushpizin are our forefathers and mothers – Covid safe!
         • Learn about them as a family project 
   • Zoom with your real family and friends to show off your ‘sukkah’
   • Plan a Covid safe picnic with family and friends
• Shake your Lulav and Etrog
   • The 4 species (myrtle, palm, willow, citrus) though were commanded in the Torah, each have come to represent something more. Take time to learn of these or make up your own
   • Learn the blessings and ‘shake it all around, do the sukkah hokey pokey’
• Food favorites
   • Anything you want! No special traditional dishes this time – except for the all-time favorite fun ‘build your own sukkah with graham crackers, icing, candy’ and more!
   • See bellow for Sisterhoods Famous Sukkah chili and Edie Mozenter’s Holiday Honey cake (this editor’s choice!)
• Fun Sukkot facts
   • Israel once built porches that didn’t cover the porch bellow’s sukkah so they could see the stars
   • Festivities in ancient times around the Water libation ceremony held during this holiday were so jubilant the rabbis declared men and women to be separated. Hence the origins of today’s Mechitza in our co-religionist synagogues
   • There is a connection between the number of days of Sukkot and Chanukah – look it up if you don’t know!
   • Many uses for the Etrog after sukkot – drinks, desserts, women’s health, (google for more)
Here are links for more information than you can shake a stick (or a lulav!) at! 
Enjoy! It is one of the main mitzvahs of this festive holiday! Chag Sameach! Happy Holiday  (numerous articles on this site) (Ushpizin mentioned here)  (traditional resources) (many short articles for how to celebrate family style) (for kids of all ages)  (recipes)  (see how Israel celebrates Sukkot)

Veggie Chili by Kol Rinah’s Sisterhood
3 cans dark red kidney beans, drained
2 cans black beans, drained
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 onion, chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 ½ T chili powder
1 ½ T cumin
1 pkg. “no beef” ground beef from Trader Joe’s (pareve)
Place all ingredients (except “beef”) in a slow cooker and mix well.  Cook on high for a few hours, then switch it to low, for another 4-6 hours, until onions are cooked.  Break up the pretend ground beef and add it an hour or so before you want to serve.
Serve with shredded cheese, scallions, cilantro, sour cream, and/or tortilla chips
Change the recipe to your taste.  Can add Rotel tomatoes for extra spice or lessen the chili powder and cumin for less.  If you like garbanzo beans in your chili, use those in place of the types listed… this is just a starter.

Edie Mozenter’s Grandmother’s High Holiday Honey Cake

These are her grandmother’s terms for measuring.

(Preheat the oven at 350 degrees)
Ingredients and instructions:
1 lb of honey
1 glass of sugar
            Heat these two in large pot until melted
½ glass of strong coffee
½ glass of oil
            Add these two to the melted sugar/honey mixture. Take off heat to cool
5 beaten eggs
5-7 cups of flour
            Add flour and sugar/honey mixture alternately to the beaten eggs
2 tsps of almond flavor
2 jiggers of whiskey
2 cups of raisins (Edie prefers golden- plumped in warm water)
2 cups of walnuts or pecans chopped
2 cups of chopped glazed dried fruit
            Add all these flavors to the batter.
Pour into cake pans – 2 large or smaller ones as desired.
Edie turns her oven down to 325 degrees and then bakes cakes for about an hour.

Fri, September 17 2021 11 Tishrei 5782