Where Does the Time Go?
It seems like we just started the High Holy Days yesterday, and already we have gone through Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of Awe, Yom Kippur, and we are looking at Sukkot.
I have to confess, Pesach/Passover is truly my favorite of the Biblical feasts and fasts. I mean, it was designed for people who like to teach! But Sukkot is a strong second in my heart.
You see, the theme of Sukkot is the fact that Hashem lives with us, His people. If you’ve read the entries on this blog about how the name “Mishkan David” was chosen, you will know that the driving concept of this site is the phrase, “I will be their God, and they shall be my people”. What better correlation could there be?
The short answer to describe the point of Sukkot is that we remember how Adonai dwelt with his people during the desert wanderings after the Hebrews left Egypt. We build the sukkah to symbolize the temporary living quarters used during the 40 years of constant travel. We recall the transience and lack of permanency in this life (As Ya’akov said, “Life is but a vapor”). We leave open spaces in the roof covering so that we can look into the Heavens and contemplate the ultimate reality of Him Who Created the Universe.
The essence of this memorial is to remind us that we rely upon Adonai from moment to moment. He calls us, guides us, provides for us, and protects us. Without his involvement we would rapidly fall into desperation and defeat. Knowing he is always with us allows us to have confidence and assurance in every situation.
As we wave the lulav and the etrog tonight, remember that Hashem permeates every sphere of our existence. There is nothing we do, no place we go, where his power and wisdom is not pervasive. Remember that, having gone through the repentance and the confession, our Father wants nothing more than to be present with his children.
Sukkot is a time to celebrate themes of unity, fellowship, love, and community. Both between God and man, and between fellow human beings. Truly, this is a festival to rejoice that the Mishkan David has been rebuilt, and the Almighty dwells with, and in, his people. For we are the Temple/Tabernacle of the Holy One. He has committed himself to us, and Promised that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
Rejoice in this Sukkot, and rejoice that the Holy One is with us!