Our sages tell us that the Succa is the safest place on earth to be.
Jewish law requires that the Succa be a temporary dwelling. The roof of a succa must be natural material that grows from the ground, such as river canes, tree branches, palm leaves and the like. The average Succa roof can’t support the weight of a cat. A strong rain is enough to chase a family out of the Succa. A good strong wind can send one’s Succa roof into orbit around the neighborhood.
It sure is.
The Succa is a place to learn and acquire emuna. We leave our permanent dwellings at a time when the weather starts getting cold. We learn that the only real security we have over our heads is not the roof of our permanent dwelling, but Hashem. For seven days a year, Hashem wants us to teach us how to completely entrust ourselves to His care, as King David says (Psalm 31:6), “I place my spirit in Your hands.” The intrinsic message of the Succa is that with a Jew, the illogical is logical and the supernatural is natural. Hashem’s relationship to His chosen people is on a completely different level than His “way of the world” relationship with the nations...
Also featured this week:
A special interview with the Breslev Bar Band
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Like an Apple Seed
Rabbi Dovid Charlop - Lights That Never Dim
Dr. Zev Ballen - Chasing After G-d
Rivka Levy - Fault Lines
Yael Karni - The Succa: The Place to Be
Racheli Reckles - Luxury Slaves
Tzvi Meir Cohn - A Dry Succa
Bright Beams blessings for a wonderful New Year and joyous upcoming Succoth!