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Sep 27, 2011 18:01
Category: Religious News

Sukkah - Controversy

     NEW YORK (AP) - A community board will decide whether to allow a
temporary Jewish ritual hut to be constructed in a New York City
park.
     Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has urged Community
Board 1 to approve the permit for the sukkah. But The New
York Times says some board members believe it would violate
separation of church and state. The parks department says sukkahs
are "content-neutral" and allows them.
     Sukkahs are temporary huts crafted to celebrate the Jewish
holiday Sukkot. They comemmorate the temporary shelters
the ancient Hebrews lived in during 40 years of desert wanderings.
     Sukkahs are usually erected on synagogue grounds and private
properties instead of city parks.
     Sukkot begins at sundown Oct. 12.