Sunday, October 12, 2008

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A Succot Reminder!

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

An Important Holiday Reminder

Succot is called the time of our rejoicing. Besides the numerous details of the holiday the most important requirement is to be happy. If on Yom Kippur afternoon someone offered you a glass of cold water, even if you were very thirsty you would certainly turn it down. Not to drink on Yom Kippur is learned from the rabbis. It is not expressly written in the Torah. But joy on Succot is explicitly written in the Torah. We must do all that we can to be happy and to avoid sorrow at all costs.

When taking the luluv the Torah commands, “You shall take for yourselves on the first day (the Four Species) and you shall rejoice before Hashem …”[i] If we are to be strict with the smaller details of the holiday, which we certainly are, then how much more so must we be strict with the primary commandment.

How are we to be happy even if we do not feel like it? Imagine on your wedding night your bride says to you, “Sweetheart, I want you to give me a kiss.” You do not say, “I will kiss you because I am obligated,” or “So I will get a reward,” or “Because it is the right thing to do.” You do it because you love her and to kiss your beloved is an extremely delightful thing to do.

How much more delightful is it to fulfill the desires of Hashem Who loves us more than a bride could possibly love her groom? How sweet it is to be able to kiss our Beloved by rejoicing in a Succot and by bringing His luluv to our heart.

May Hashem bless you with the fullest, loving and most joyful holiday ever.

[i] Leviticus 23:40

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you have any additional advice on being happy for the yom tovs, because I have a lot of work due so I'm going to need all the help I can get!

Gutman said...

First off, stop worrying about things that you cannot change, like Iran and the economy. Next, with all the time you save by not worrying you have free time to reach out to help someone more unfortunate than you. Whenever you reach out to help others, G-d reaches down and helps you.

ya'akov said...

'kiss our Beloved by bringing His lulav to our heart'

there is something very special about the etrog...when we bring it to our heart it is a very precious moment.

i think this may be Hashem's way of saying to us... "I love you and all the children of israel are one and close to My heart".

when you bring that etrog to your heart after extending the lulav in each direction, take your time and let it rest there...let yourself experience it in true depth...no rush,just let yourself be.

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