Jewish prayer in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)


Here is an explanation of Sukkot by former Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman, teaching why this holiday is so special for the people in Israel.

As Rabbi Dov Lipman, former Member of Knesset, explains in our video (click below to watch), we dwell in the Sukkah for seven days to recall the experience of the Israelites who lived in these booth during their sojourn in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. This teaches us that our shelter comes from God and that He protects us from the elements. The experience of living in the simple booth also helps to break down the barrier of materialism which prevents us from being more spiritual.

The mitzvah (commandment) of the Four Species further cements the idea of that everything we have comes directly from God. We take crops – from the lowliest crop to a high level crop – and wave them in the service of God to demonstrate that He is the source of these crops.

Sukkot is described as “the time of our rejoicing.” Why is this holiday the most joyful? As explained in the video, once a person uses all these mitzvot to internalize that God is the source of all that we have, there can be no greater joy.

Chag Sameach from Israel!