7 Days of Joy

The mitzvah (from the Torah) of lulav is only for one day while the mitzvah (from the Torah) of simchah is for seven days because Hashem loves simchah, and He wants His children to be happy. Therefore the mitzvah for joy is for more days than that of the arba minin. ~ The Imrei Noam

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Giving Charity Today

The Shaarei Teshuvah (625) writes: “It is proper to give a lot of charity on erev Succos.  Reb Chaim Vital would distribute the tzedakah pushke to the poor on this day.”

Rebbe Chaim of Tzanz said that there isn’t a nicer succah decoration than the tzedakah that one gives on erev Succos.”  ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

Chag Sameach!

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2.5 Walls = A Hug from Above

When one sits in a succah, he is being hugged by Hashem.  The Arizal said that this hug is represented by the minimum two and half walls of a succah – From the shoulder to the elbow, from the elbow until the hand, and the hand.

(Try bending your arm and hand this way and you will see the two and half walls)

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The Importance of Guests on Succos

The Zohar teaches that on Succos, the ushpizen come to our succah to celebrate with us.  When they come, they look to see if there are any guests, and if so, they remain and bless all the participants.  But if there aren’t any, they leave.

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The Most Precious Moment

On Yom Kippur, the Cohen Gadol would say אחת, ושלש אחת , ושתים אחת, ואחת אחת, אחת … וארבע

The Imrei Emes explains that the most precious moment for Hashem is when one makes a strong resolve to improve his ways. Afterwards, he may have ups and downs, but it is this first firm resolve which is so precious to Hashem. That is the reason the Cohen Gadol continually repeats achas (one) representing that first moment that he accepted upon himself to improve his ways.

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On Yom Kippur, the cohen gadol pronounces Hashem’s name of י-ה-ו-ה  (pronouncing the name as it is written) ten times. That is: 26 x 10 = 260.  עין , eye, is gematriya 130. There are two eyes, which add up to 260. This indicates that when one guards his eyes, he is compared to the cohen gadol, who does the service on Yom Kippur.  ~ R’ Elimelech Biderman Shlita

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If life were one long day, we would be crushed beneath the weight of all the sins we had committed “today.” It is only because we can attribute our sins to “yesterday” that we can go forward with today.  ~ R’ Shraga Silverstein zt”l

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