A note from the staff of Kabbalah Online in Tzefat
Special SUKKOT-Simchat Torah issue.
[Next issue will be on Oct. 26 for Shabbat Bereshit.]
All 7 articles offer interesting mystical insights for the Festival. Enjoy! After all,
this festival provides the definition for how to have a Jewish good time.
(The last two are for the latter holidays of Shermini Atzeret and Simchat Torah respectively.)
arrive on a cloud from Heaven,
So have a healthy, inspirational
"Out with the old year and its curses!
In with the new year and its blessings!"
The Fruit of Desire From Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman's commentary on the Torah The Etrog, like Shemini Azteret, rectifies the eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.
Welcoming Guests of the Sukkah From the teachings of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai; translation and commentary by Shmuel-Simcha Treister, based on Metok MiDevash The Kabbalists of the Zohar took great pleasure in receiving Sukkah guests.
Festive Elements Adapted from the works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi by Yossi Marcus The Sukkot water libations quench the thirst caused by judgment.
The Infinite and Unlimited Soul Based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; adapted by Eliyahu Touger The lulav represents Torah study, the pillar of our connection to the Divine.
Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah
The Eighth Day is Ours from Torat Moshe by Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed The sukkah represents our temporary dwelling here in This World
Don’t Mix! By Yerachmiel Tilles The joy of serving G‑d during a tragedy is no match for the joy of the holidays.