Erev Shabbos Kodesh Haazinu-Sukkos 5777 Inspiration

In this week’s parasha, Haazinu, there is a direct connection to the festival of Sukkos. It is said (Devarim 32:10) יִמְצָאֵהוּ בְּאֶרֶץ מִדְבָּר וּבְתֹהוּ יְלֵל יְשִׁמֹן יְסֹבְבֶנְהוּ יְבוֹנְנֵהוּ יִצְּרֶנְהוּ כְּאִישׁוֹן עֵינוֹ, He discovered him in a desert land, in desolation, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He granted him discernment, He preserved him like the pupil of His eye. The word יְסֹבְבֶנְהוּ forms an acrostic of the words יבנה סוכה בתפארתה, בנין נאה, הושענא והושיעה, (he shall) build a Sukkah in its splendor, a beautiful edifice, save now, I pray, please save us! These words are the essence of Sukkos. We build a Sukkah and pray to HaShem for His protection. When we journeyed in the Wilderness, HaShem protected us from the elements and our enemies. In every generation we require HaShem’s protection.

Why the Sukkah for protection? Would it not be sufficient to pray to HaShem without an edifice? The answer to this question is that we are required to build a Sukkah as a token of gratitude to HaShem for His kindness to us. HaShem does not need our Sukkah to protect us from foreign influences. Rather, the Sukkah is for us to demonstrate our gratitude to Him for all of His kindness.

Have a Great Shabbos and a PROTECTED Sukkos!

Rabbi Adler

Erev Shabbos Kodesh Haazinu-Sukkos 5777 Inspiration
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