As we enjoy the marvelous yomtov of Sukkos, we may view photos in magazines and online, photos of different Yidden around the world celebrating the special days accompanied by unique minhagim as well as more traditional scenarios.
The Jerusalem neighborhood of Nachlaot is known for the Yerushalmim, the home of tzaddikim such as Aryeh Levine ZT”L and many others. In addition, it has also become the ‘trendy’ Carlebach area of the city, centrally located near Machane Yehuda – offering a taste of Carlebach and his unique style. The area is also home to Addis, the main shul of the Halabi Syria community and Nachlaot is known by many as “The SoHo of Jerusalem”.
There are many photos of sukkas around the capital but one may have to travel far and wide until one finds a sukka the likes of which is found in Nachlaot, a sukka that is built annually by singer entertainer Aaron Razel, who wishes to educate the tzibur as to the minimum requirements of a sukka. Aaron however takes it seriously and he makes certain that there is a seat and mezonos on hand throughout yomtov to enable passersby to enter, take a seat and make a bracha.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)