Thought for Succot – by David Goodwin

I heard a beautiful piece of Torah from Chacham Yaakov Hillel shlita (from his book Ascending Jacob’s Ladder) regarding ‘simchat bet hashoeva’, the water libation ceremony in the Bet HaMikdash.

Sukkot is the period of time of teshuvah m’ahava – repentance from love – the highest form that follows teshuvah m’yirah that we went through between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Our sincere regret over our previous sins compels us now to draw close to Hashem and to become beloved to Him through serving Him. The penitent feels boundless love for his Creator and just ‘as water reflects the image of someone who looks into it’ (Mishle 27:19) Hashem reflects the penitent’s love back to him and draws him close.

How great and kind is Hashem to his children!

Shabbat shalom v’chag sameach m’Yerushalyim Ir haKodesh.

David Goodwin


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