The holiday of Sukkot, which begins tonight, is the time to celebrate the good judgement we are confident G-d granted us on Yom Kippur. The reason the Torah gives for the celebration (and construction) of Sukkot is to remember the protection G-d gave the Jewish people during the forty years wandering after the Expdus from Egypt.
Living in a desert for so many decades with only flimsy huts for a shield against the elements, everyone understood that our very existstanve was completely dependent on G-d.
In the days after the sporituay uplifting High Holidays, it could be very easy to slip back into regular, mundane life. But instead, the Torah gives us the opportunity, by leaving our compfortable homes and living in fragile structures, to realize that even today with all off life's luxuries and conveniences, that we are just as reliant on G-d as our ancestors. And when we internalize this message from Sukkot, we will truly understand why these days are "The Season of our Joy".
Please join us for our community Sukkot party, "Sukkot in the South", this Sunday at 3pm.
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Wishing you and your family a Chag Sameiach,
Rabbi Akiva Hall