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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Buiding a sukkah for Sukkot

It is a custom to hammer in the first nail for the building of the sukkah just as soon a Yom Kippur is over.  The word 'sukkah' is derived from the root sachoch, meaning to cover, to protect.  (The branches with which we build the roof of the sukkah are called 'schach'.) 
 We read in Exodus 13, 20-21 "And they (the Israelites) journeyed from Sukkot and encamped at Etham at the edge of the wilderness.  And the Lord was going before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them on the way,"

The midrash further develops the them of protection in relation to sukkah, connecting the cloud to the mitzvah of dwelling in a sukkah.  So why do we make a sukkah?  It is because of the miracles God made for them when they came out of Egypt, that the clouds of glory surrounded them and protected them.

As it is said, "You will sit in the sukkot for seven days" meaning I sat the children of Israel in patches of clouds.

The sukkah is associated with peace and protection in liturgy as:  "May you spread over us a sukkah of peace."

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