Sukkot

Sukkot

Leviticus 23 deals with the times that the L-rd established as His appointed times.  These are not the Jewish holidays or even the Feasts of Israel, as many claim.  These are times that G-d established when His people are to come into His Presence in a special way.  He details this final festival in verses 33 through 43.

Two of these verses deal with a specific issue that has hidden within it a special lesson for us all.  Leviticus 23:40-41
say, "Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the fruit of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the L-rd your God for seven days.  You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the L-rd for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month."

Notice the instruction to gather four species for the celebration.  These four represent each one of us on one way or another.

Lulav (Palm branch) -- From Date palm, taste sweet but no fragrance
Represents One with knowledge, but no mitzvot (good deeds)

Hadassim (Myrtle) is the boughs of leafy trees -- Fragrance is nice, but no taste
Represents One with good deeds, but without knowledge

Arava (Willow) -- No fragrance and no taste
Represents One with no knowledge and no mitzvot.

Etrog (Citrus) is the fruit of beautiful trees-- Tastes sweet & has delightful aroma 
Represents One with knowledge & mitzvot

This year, as we celebrate this time in the Presence fo the Holy One, may we all learn how to be an etrog, full of knowledge and doing good deeds.

Keep praying.
Rabbi Marty