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Working it out

Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 - 12:00 pm

This email is being sent today as tomorrow is the beginning of Sukkot.

On Sukkot, Jewish people eat in a sukkah. The sukkah is a walled hut with a roof that is made with an item that grows from the ground (called schach). At Harford Chabad we use bamboo and pine.  

For things to grow we need to work and exert ourselves. Even if it grows in the wild, it is work to cut it and get it up as the roof. You don’t get a break if you use last year’s sukkah; Jewish law requires us to lift it again and put it down again, requiring the human to exert themselves to get it done.

One message of sukkot is that when we do a mitzvah, even the ones we understand, we should do it 1) because there is a G-d above who has commanded us to do it. As we see by the schach which is above our heads – it is a mitzvah even if I don’t understand why we do it. 2) At the same time, we need to exert ourselves and invest in making the mitzvah happen; not to settle for blind faith or to just do it by rote.

When you look at your schach this year – think what am I doing to WORK on my connection with G-d? What mitzvah do I not yet do because I do not understand it and which mitzvos do I do by rote?

Have a happy Sukkot.

Join us Thursday for Soup and Salad in the Sukkah 5-7 pm.

Shabbos morning, Sukkot services are at 9:30 am followed by a Kiddush in the sukkah.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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