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Water Drawing and Sukkot Joy Essays

Water Drawing and Sukkot Joy Essays

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Simchat Beit Hashoeivah
Every Jewish festival is celebrated with joy. Often there are additional emotions added to the mix, but the holiday of Sukkot is pure joy. In our prayers, we call it simply “the season of our rejoicing.”
When we are "thirsty", when we desire to be united with G-d in a way that transcends the limited scope of our thoughts and feelings, we derive pleasure from "water", from kabbalas ol...
Let's Rejoice!
Living somewhere for a week, even dwelling somewhere, is almost like staying at a beach house, a hotel, or a relative's place for a week. There is hardly time to unpack...
The first half of Tishrei is marked by solemnity, the second by elation; but the Chassidic masters explain that these are simply the "hidden" and "revealed" dimensions of the same elements
On its surface, the holiday of Sukkot is quite bizarre. Every other holiday on the Jewish calendar commemorates an event which occurred on that particular date; but absolutely nothing happened on the 15th of Tishrei!
Translated into English, the word loses some of its mystery and otherworldliness. Yet these “guests” are indeed quite mysterious (at least until we learn more about them) and otherworldly (at least until we make them part of ours) . . .
At the call of the dawn, two priests sounded their trumpets and began to descend the fifteen steps that led down from the Men’s Courtyard to the Women’s Courtyard . . .
It came to pass that one Sukkot, the honor of pouring the water on the altar was given to a Sadducee priest; but instead of pouring the water into its prescribed bowl in the southwest corner of the altar, this priest spilled it on his feet . . .
The Zohar teaches that our Sukkos guests include not only those who visibly partake of the festive meals, but also guests from the spiritual realm...
And All Other Artificially Induced Highs...
There is escapist happiness. There is true happiness. And then there is ultimate happiness. The sukkah is symbolic of this highest form of joy.
At the core of Sukkot is the quest for oneness. Let's take a look...
Immediately after Ne'ilah, the rejoicing increases, with a powerful enthusiasm, and it is the joy of inner closeness where previously there has been distance...
The water offering expresses how the waters descended for the sake of an ascent, ultimately reaching a higher level...
The spiritual service of Yom Kippur stems from yechidah, the attachment of the essence of the soul to G-d’s essence. On Sukkot this attachment is brought to revelation, until it envelops the whole person...
The rejoicing of a ba’al teshuvah is like the powerful rejoicing of a son who was separated from his father by a great distance and afterwards returned...
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