Sunday, October 14, 2012
Belated Sukkos Thoughts
The Jewish element of Sukkos is obvious, but I think this is a universal holiday as well. This is why we bring sacrifices for all the nations of the world at this time. Also, this is why we do it in this season because of what people around us will or won't say regarding the season we choose to go out and sit in huts. Then there's the story about the nations of the world being offered one mitzvah to keep in the end of days - and they choose Sukkah.
Rav SR Hirsch writes beautifully how the Sukkah speaks to all economic situations. If one is poor then they sit in the Sukkah and remember that his or her forefathers were in the desert, and had nothing to their name, G-d cared for them. And if someone is financially rich and things are otherwise going well, one steps out of their ample home and remembers in the end it's just him or her and G-d above.