Picture From the Parsha: The breath of life

06.10.2012                      20.Tischrei. 5773                      Chol Hamo'ed 4

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Picture From the Parsha: The breath of life

When we fill the succa with familial and universal love, we transform that flimsy structure into rays of splendor.

‘You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them out of the land of Egypt…’ (Leviticus 23:42-43)
Why do we sit in the succa for seven days? This question is most significant because of the introductory verse, “so that your generations may know.” Although Maimonides rules that the reason for a commandment does not necessarily have to be understood in order for it to be fulfilled, many important religious personalities (like Reb Haim of Brisk) maintain that knowing the proper reason for the commandment of succa is mandated by the words of this verse….