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OCCUPY WALL STREET -ZUCCOTTI PARK ON SUCCOS IN NYC

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Published on Oct 17, 2011

10-17-2011
NEW YORK CITY (USA TODAY)

New York - Most observant Jews around the world spend hours building a sukkah that's big enough to host a full meal for family and guests. Any location under the open sky is considered kosher.
But what if you're a Jewish soldier serving in Iraq? Or a young Jew protesting on Wall Street? Or you live in New York City and have only a tiny balcony?
The PopUp Sukkah allows Jews on the go to mark the harvest festival of Sukkot wherever they are.
That's the choice of Daniel Sieradski, a Jewish man who is spending Sukkot agitating for social justice on Wall Street, and who lacks a city permit to erect a sukkah in occupied Zuccotti Park.
The 11-pound nylon PopUp Sukkah, which jumps out of its case and expands into a 6-foot-high tent, is likely Sieradski's best chance.

"I plan to be in the park as a protester, but I also plan to be in the park as a Jewish protester," Sieradski said. "My faith requires me to eat in the sukkah and sleep in the sukkah. It's going to be an interesting showdown with the police."
Scores of the portable sukkahs have also gone to prisons where Jewish inmates have expressed an interest in celebrating a proper Sukkot (in the courtyard, not their cells). Wardens are often skeptical. But Rabbi Menachem M. Katz of the Aleph Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for Jews in the military and in prisons, said prison officials usually relent when he pops open a PopUp Sukkah.
"There are no nails or two-by-fours. There are no metal pipes that are going to become a weapon," Katz said. "If I had to pitch them a regular sukkah, I'd be dead in the water."
PopUp Sukkahs aren't the only portable sukkah on the market, this year, for the first time, Brooklyn-based Sukkah Depot is offering a competitively priced portable sukkah for $199 — the "Carry-On" — assembled with fiberglass poles in just a few minutes. More than 100 have been sold already.
"Demand is high," said Sukkah Depot manager Eitan Kwiat. "In general it's a solution for people who are traveling, for people who just moved, and don't want to buy a big sukkah. Or for people who just have a small porch."

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