Sukkahs in Public Parks

With the holiday of Sukkos approaching, many are thinking about how and where they will build their temporary dwellings this year. Most are very familiar with the halachic requirements for constructing a valid sukkah. For others, though, questions of American law also arise. For instance, Rabbi Zalman Paris of the Chabad of TriBeCa would like to put a sukkah in a small public park…

“But a request for a display in a public space raises difficult questions. Is the sukkah merely a cultural symbol, or is it unmistakably religious in character? Does the government endorse its religious significance by allowing it to occupy a big chunk of a park when symbols of other faiths are not represented?”

Read more from the New York Times


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