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Unity in a Socially Distant World

Monday, 5 October, 2020 - 3:35 pm

 

We are now in the midst of celebrating the holiday of Sukkot and our students have been given a deep and joyful insight into the meaning behind the holiday. 

Two Mitzvot are associated with the holiday. One Mitzvah is the building of the Sukkah hut on the outside and the other is the Etrog and Lulav set. Both Mitzvot take on a special meaning in our new socially distanced societal norm. Both Mitzvot represent social unification of all segments of the Jewish community in general and our own families in particular. The Sukkah is the only Mitzvah whereby many people celebrating together through food (what else is there to bring us together) are completely enveloped together in honor of the chag. Similarly it is with the ‘four kinds’ arbah minim’ of the Lulav, Etrog, Hadas and Aravah that represent different segments of the community. The species are variant in their combination of taste and smell representing individuals who may possess the characteristic taste, internalization of mission and fragrance the quality of sharing. In any case the Mitzvah is to bind all the species together and shake them in all directions to show that social strata need to combine together in the common joy of being one people together. The joy of the holiday is celebrated in unison by people of all backgrounds.

Sukkot is referred to as the ‘time of our rejoicing’. Let us dream of a time soon that we will all be able to unify physically together - may it be soon.

Meanwhile let us rejoice with the wonderful families we are raising, while enjoying their daily growth as we celebrate our heritage together as an integral part of the Jewish nation.

Chag Sameach!


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