Sukkot: A Time of Divine Protection

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Tonight is not only Shabbat, but also Sukkot.

As the Feast of Tabernacles (or Shelters), we commemorate the exodus from Egyptian slavery and our dependence on G-d through the wanderings in the desert and for everything in our lives, and hence we build sukkahs or temporary booths like the Israelites used in their wanderings from Egypt to Israel.

Sukkot is also the Feast of Ingathering, at the end of the harvest season, when we thank G-d for all his blessings of our agriculture. The lulav (palm branch, myrtle, and willow) and esrog symbolize the spine, eyes, lips, and heart, accordingly, with which we express our gratitude and serve G-d.

In these challenging times of coronavirus and before this eventful election, more than usual, we need G-d’s blessings to shelter and protect us, and to bless both the United States of America and the State of Israel that they should be safe for all of us and that the “ingathering” be not only of the harvest, but of all the exiles from the four corners of the earth to G-d’s Promised Land for the final redemption.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

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