It is always nice to try to catch a glimpse of Sukkot in Israel. Be it a YouTube recording of the fleeting, holy and stirring moments of Birkat Cohanim, the Priestly Benediction at the Wailing Wall, or a splice of a joyous Simchat Beit Hashoeva melody bursting forth, there’s nothing quite like celebrating the High Holidays in Israel, especially Jerusalem.
This year was no different. The long distance inspiration, although not the same as experiencing it live, was there to nurture that yearning. But the image that captured us even more, sadly, was the now famous photo of the father and his two sons assaulted by a group of Arabs screaming, jeering: “Allahu Akbar.”