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Temple Judea Builds Sukkah at Tarzana Whole Foods

The Sukkah will be at the supermarket until the holiday ends Monday night.

If you are looking for a Sukkah, then head over to the Whole Foods in Tarzana, where members of Temple Judea have constructed one for the holiday.

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz of the local synagogue told Patch that the supermarket had approached him to find out about building a Sukkah there this year.

"Whole Foods called us asking for a Sukkah," Rabbi Moskovitz said in an email. "We have a long standing and good relationship with the store since my days of teaching a weekly Torah study class in their cafe area."

A Sukkah is a temporary hut used during the week-long Sukkah holiday, and, according to Jewish tradition, is symbolic of the shelter God is said to have provided for the Israelites when they were freed from slavery.

Rabbi Moskovitz said that the study class has since moved because the group got too big for the store, but that Temple Judea still holds events, like Hanukkah Menorah lightings and Passover wine tastings, at the store.

According to the Rabbi, Whole Foods paid for the materials for the Sukkah, and the Temple Judea members designed and built it.

"It will be up for the entire holiday of Sukkot, ending Monday night," said Rabbi Moskovitz. "It is a Jewish commandment to eat in the Sukkah, and in addition to providing a nice shaded area for customers to have lunch they can also fulfill that commandment at the store."

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