Erev Shabbos Kodesh Haazinu-Sukkos Inspiration 5776

When reading most parshiyos, we feel that there’s a directive, an instruction, or some good advice. Parashas Haazinu merely depicts what was and what will be. How are we supposed to be inspired by this?

I believe that the answer to this question is to be found in the words of the Ramban (Bereishis 28:1). The Ramban teaches us that HaShem often appeared to the Avos as a sign of honor and nothing more. When Avraham circumcised himself, HaShem appeared to reward Avraham for his valiant deed. Similarly, when Yaakov returned from his travails with Lavan and Esav, HaShem graced Yaakov with His Presence, as a sign of honor.

Parashas Haazinu is read immediately after Yom Kippur and prior to Sukkos as a sign of HaShem bestowing honor and demonstrating His affection for the Jewish People. The Medrash states that after Yom Kippur, a  Heavenly Voice goes out and proclaims “לֵךְ אֱכֹל בְּשִׂמְחָה לַחְמֶךָ וּשֲׁתֵה בְלֶב טוֹב יֵינֶךָ כִּי כְבָר רָצָה הָא-ֱלֹהִים אֶת מַעֲשֶׂיךָ, go, eat your bread with joy and drink your wine with a glad heart, for G-d has already approved your deeds.” Upon being vindicated in judgment on Yom Kippur, the Jewish People enter the Holy Sukkah, a sign of honor and endearment from HaShem to His Chosen People.

Let us be cognizant of the holiness of the Sukkah and how we merited such closeness to HaShem.

Have an Endearing Shabbos and an Honorable Sukkos!

Rabbi Adler

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