Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Sukkos: Questions & Answers

What is the meaning of this sukkah we sit in?

Why don’t we just eat dinner in the dining room?


What is the connection between Yom Kippur and Sukkos? -- Five
days earlier we were fasting and davening in shul all day long.

What does a sukkah have to do with repentance?

How is this holiday a logical extension of Rosh Hashanah and
Yom Kippur?


The Torah commands us to dwell in the sukkah for the seven days
of the Sukkos holiday to remember the temporary dwellings our
ancestors lived in for 40 years in the desert.

However, there is a deeper meaning as well...

Immediately after Yom Kippur we are commanded to involve
ourselves with the mitzvos of Sukkos. The sukkah, being a
temporary dwelling, reminds us that our time here on earth is also
temporary. The holiday of Sukkos follows Rosh Hashanah and Yom
Kippur so we will not forget his fact and remind us of all the
resolutions we made only a few days before.

At the same time, Sukkos is known as Zman Simcha’senu (a time of
our happiness). The sukkah is constructed in such a fashion that it
surrounds us. This recalls the Clouds of Glory that surrounded and
protected our ancestors in the desert. It reminds us that just as G-d
protected our ancestors thousands of years ago, He continues to
protect us today and everyday.


3 Comments:

At September 29, 2004 at 7:19:00 PM EDT, Blogger Smooth said...

I like your blog and look forward to learning new things from it. Thank you.

 
At September 30, 2004 at 2:42:00 AM EDT, Blogger Hokule'a said...

I found your blog by cliking on a comment that you left on Smooth Stone I love your blog, and hope to learn more about the roots of my faith. Will be blogrolling you if you dont mind

 
At October 3, 2004 at 12:05:00 AM EDT, Blogger mostly cajun said...

I found your blog from blogger's randon blog button.

I'm Christian,not Jewish, but that did not stop me from appreciating the honesty and beauty of the sentiments you expressed in this post. I've never heard of Sukkos(?) explained in this manner: the temporary nature of our time on earth.

Thanks you...

 

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