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  9/28/2012, Tishrei 12, 5773

Kathmandu to Host 'World's Highest Sukkah' Contest


Israeli backpackers who find themselves in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, during the holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles), next week, can compete in a contest to build the world's highest sukkah booth for the weeklong observance. Rabbi Hezki Lifschitz, an emissary of the Chabad hasidic movement, told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Friday, that the hikers take the building project seriously, with plenty of bamboo and green palm fronds, adding that the altitude of some of the booths will reach above 5,000 meters.

Rabbi Lifschitz, who has built a large sukkah, will also be offering the hikers the four agricultural species (palm, willow, myrtle and citron) used in holiday rituals, which he received from Kfar Chabad and Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, although, he said, not all of what they received survived the rough trip. He said the holiday will feature nightly observance of the Simchat Beit Hasho'eva (Joy of the Water-Drawing House) festivities for a happy atmosphere.