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Large sukkahs for mass gatherings seen going up in ultra-Orthodox areas

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At least three ultra-Orthodox sects were reportedly preparing on Wednesday for mass gatherings in Jerusalem during the upcoming Sukkot festival, despite regulations against large groups and a surge of the coronavirus within the community.

Accounts published by Hebrew-language news sites identified several large sukkahs, temporary structures used by Jews during the Sukkot holiday, being built in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of the capital, raising fears of the virus continuing to be given a chance to spread in parts of the already hard-hit Haredi community.

Sukkot begins on Friday evening and lasts until October 9. During the holiday, many religious Jews have the tradition of eating meals and sleeping in sukkahs, which are generally purpose-built for the holiday outside the home. In Jerusalem’s tightly-packed ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, many households do not have space for individual sukkahs, an issue often dealt with via shared sukkahs.

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