Be Happy – 5778

  Rav Gideon Weitzman Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City   Be Happy The custom is to read Kohelet on Shabbat Chol Hamoed Succot (see Masechet Sofrim 14:1) which presents a stark and honest introspective view of life and joy. The choice of this Megillah as the one...

Sukkot: The Festival of the Land – 5777

Rabbi Ilan Goldman Former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England Currently Executive Director of Project Aseret   Sukkot: The Festival of the Land Sukkot is the last of the three Regalim. We all know that Pesach is a reminder of Yetziat Mitzrayim, and that Shavuot is a...

Hakhel, Shmita, and Baseball

Dani Eisenstock Former Shaliach, Kansas City (2002-03)   Once every seven years we have a very special Mitzvah- Hakhel. The Torah commands that at the end of the Shmita Year, on Succot when you all gather together in Yerushalayim, men, women and children should...

The Reality of the Sukka

What does the Torah intend for the experience of sitting in a Sukka to mean to us? Vayikra 23 tells us: Sit in a Sukka– so that all generations will know that I Hashem put Bnei Yisrael in sukkot when I brought them out of Egypt. But this only raises the...

Sukkot – The Truth Behind The Myth

There are some questions for which the answer is simple, and there are questions whose answer we think is simple. Everyone knows that the obligation to reside in the sukkah on the festival of Sukkot originates from the pasuk, “…in order that your [future] generations...

Removing Succah Decorations During Sukkot

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   Though a Succah needs only proper walls and a schach roof to enable one to fulfil the mitzvah of Succah, when possible the Succah should be decorated as well. (Mishna Berurah OC 638 section ll in the name of Elya...

The Meaning Of The Four Minim

The first mishna in the third chapter of masechet Sucka teaches us that a stolen Lulav is invalid for the mitzvah of “Arba Minim” (Four Species). The same halacha applies to the rest of the minim. The gemara explains that this halacha is learned from the verse in...

Do We Need to Sleep in a Sukkah?

The Source The Torah says quite clearly that: “You shall sit in Succot for 7 days”. This means that one should consider the Succah to be his home and should treat it as such. Thus eating, drinking and sleeping should be in the Succah. The Poskim It is very interesting...