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In Weekly Parsha

Such A Busy Month!

Sukkos is the culmination of the Yomim Tovim which are celebrated in a short span of time. We will discuss some of the meanings behind this procession and what we should learn from the progression of days leading up to Simchas Torah.

Yosef Tropper 02/10/2009 07:19
Someone asked me why this time of the year is so jammed packed with Yomim Tovim? We go from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur to Succos to Shmini Atzeres/Simchas Torah. They are all such beautiful celebrations, but why could they not have been spaced further apart on the calendar?! An excellent question.

Also, another great question I was asked is, if Succos commemorates the protection (by cloud or hut) that Hashem gave us in the desert, then why is it specifically celebrated for seven days, wouldn’t one day have been sufficient to remember the desert protection?!

I believe that these are all points worth pondering. The simplest answer to why the calendar is so packed is because all four Holidays are related. But there’s a lot more

We spent the entire Rosh Hashanah making Hashem the King over us. After coming to that deep and powerful recognition, we then desired to apologize to Him for all of ours sins, this is what Yom Kippur was all about, bridging the gap that our sins created. We are then inspired and moved to become better.

    This is a great way to begin our year! So then what is Succos all about?! The answer is that Succos is a continuation of that theme. Succos is the message that, great you were inspired, you have realized that you want to be a better person, but how are you going to make it last? Succos shows us how to grab onto the inspiration of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and to apply it further! How so?

The word “Succah” means “protective covering”. Hashem wants us to protect and insure that our inspiration continues!

How is this done? When we remember how Hashem took us out of Egypt and protected us and cared for us in the desert, we are reminded of all the good that Hashem continues to do for us to this day! We spend time eating, drinking, sleeping and enjoying the company of our family and this brings us to warm and strong feelings of gratitude for all of the bounty that Hashem has bestowed upon us. In fact, the Gemara says that the preferred schach, Succah “roofing”, is to be made precisely from the “Psoles Goren v’Yekev, one’s crops”. This is the time of year that one’s field is producing its fruits. Hashem wants us to build the Succah out of some of the crops in order that we should see them and remember all that He has given us so kindly.

The climax of all of these good feelings is the Holiday of Shmini Atzeres/Simchas Torah. On this special day we celebrate and accept upon ourselves to live by the Torah. It is only after the recognitions and clarity of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the effort to implement their lessons taught by Succos, that we now arrive at Shmini Atzeres. This is the ultimate conclusion. After realizing the kindness and care of Hashem through Succos’ message, we graduate to Simchas Torah to accept His Torah out of pure joy and love.

It is even deeper than this. The Gemara states that the bare minimum requirement of a Succah in regards to walls is two full size walls and one smaller wall at the end. The Arizal points out that this corresponds to an arm giving a hug! Our hand starts at the shoulder and contains two long bones attached at the elbow joint and finally one small section beginning at the wrist. Hence, a Succah, says the Arizal is a hug, so-to-speak from Hashem!

I believe that what is being stated here is as we have explained. Succos is a time of love and appreciation towards Hashem. If one wants to keep all that he has gained from the Yomim Nora’im, this can be achieved through feeling Hashem’s kindness towards him! This in turn will lead to the embracing of the Torah on Simchas Torah!

Succos is specifically seven days long in order to cover the span of an entire week. Each day will be celebrated with this focus of gratitude. An entire week with this outlook will have a profound and far-reaching impact on a person.

May we all share a beautiful and meaningful Succos and Shmini Atzeres/Simchas Torah!

Yosef Tropper
www.closetotorah.com