Thursday, October 12, 2006

Succos D'var Torah

The Nesivos Shalom addresses the question of why Succos is celebrated when it is. Chronologically in the story of the exodus from Egypt, the Jews left and were subsequently taken care of by Hashem with Succahs. Since this protection was afforded after leaving Egypt, it would make sense that Succos is celebrated after Pesach – not before it. While many address this question, the Nesivos Shalom explains beautifully why Succos is before Pesach, and more importantly, why it immediately follows Yom Kippur.

When we were leaving Egypt we were leaving behind something that was so fundamentally a part of us for over 200 years – the Egyptian/non-Jewish culture. Yetzias Mitzrayim was our “breaking free” from that which had become ingrained our existence. When we were finally out of Mitzrayim and on our way, the verse says that we raised our eyes and saw the Egyptians chasing after us. Explains the Nesivos (with my additions), when something becomes so fundamentally a part of another thing, and one part tries to break off from the other, the part left behind inherently wants to chase after the other part to rejoin it. You could look at this situation as simply the Mitzrim chasing after the Jews, or you could look at it as the Egyptian culture chasing after the Jews. About to enter the desert, the home of the Sitra Achra, the Jews needed help. So, what did G-d do? He shielded them with Succahs, protecting them from any evil.

Interesting, we are facing a current struggle right now, at this time of the year. Unfortunately, throughout the year, sins and sinning becomes ingrained to who we are. On Yom Kippur, we break away from this part of who we were earlier in the year. However, just as the Mitzrim and everything they stood for chased after the Jews after they left, our sins are chasing after us right now. How many people do you know that, right after Yom Kippur, went back to exactly the way they were beforehand? Sure, we get into it on YK, but after a couple days, unfortunately, it’s back to the status quo. This is our sins chasing after us. Just as Hashem provided us with Succahs to shield us from the Mitzrim, we should take the Succah and everything it represents to protect us from the current onslaught of our former sins.

So what is it exactly that the Succah represents? The Succah represents Emunah. Just as the Jews had Emunah that Hashem would provide protection for them in the Succahs, we have Emunah that, in our little cheap huts, Hashem will protect us as we make our huts our home during this festival. We should all focus the rest of our holiday laying the spiritual foundation of Emunah and we should all succeed in out running that which is currently chasing us.


Anonymous CPA said...

Very nice thoughts thanks.

8:43 AM, October 13, 2006

Blogger mugsy682 said...

my appoligies mr. laz I had no idea it would affen that much. From now on it will be called 7 eleven.

9:05 AM, October 13, 2006

Anonymous doreish said...

very inspiring and what I needed to hear now. Thanks and kol tuv

5:01 AM, October 16, 2006

Anonymous Warren Moon said...

Great dvar torah.

4:10 PM, October 16, 2006

Blogger MacTipper said...

I'm reading your back-posts (I just found your blog today. :) ) and this *is* pretty good. You've got some great thoughts in these blog posts. Thank you! :)

1:15 AM, March 14, 2009


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