During the Yom Kippur War, Soldiers Put Their Sukkahs on Wheels

Sept. 24 2021

As the 1973 Yom Kippur War began on the sacred day from which it takes its name, and lasted for nineteen days, it also coincided with the weeklong holiday of Sukkot. Although the IDF’s chief rabbi ruled that the exigencies of war exempted soldiers from the commandment of eating in the vegetation-roofed booths that Jews traditionally dwell in during the festival, some did so anyway. Nati Gabbay describes how they built sukkot on top of their armored personnel carriers and half-tracks. The National Library of Israel has released photographs of these sukkot from its Pritzker Family National Photography Collection—like the one below, taken by Nathan Fendrich:

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More about: Israeli history, Sukkot, Yom Kippur War

What Israel Needs to Stop Iran’s Nuclear-Weapons Program

Oct. 25 2021

If sanctions, diplomacy, and covert sabotage fail to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, it will be up to the IDF to do the job—as America will be unlikely to attack Iran, and the Gulf states lack the ability to do so. But it is not clear that the Jewish state has the necessary armaments. John Hannah writes:

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More about: IDF, Iran, Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, U.S. Foreign policy