What does it mean to follow the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot?
It means agreeing to erect a Schach, a thatched roof made out of plant scraps, which connects us under a single idea of unity, “as one man with one heart,” above differences.
By sitting in a Sukkah, a temporary dwelling, under its Schach , and wanting to enjoy from the Ohr Makif (surrounding light)—nature’s positive influence that emerges when we try to resemble its perfectly unified form—it is considered as enjoying in the shade of the Sukkah.
We respect the shade, i.e. our egoistic desires that detach us from each other, together with the understanding that we can be united only above our egos.
Therefore, we cover our egos with the Schach, i.e. concepts of loving and caring for others, concepts that are as scraps to our egos, holding zero egoistic importance. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, the Schach is also called a “Masach” (“screen”).
Below the Schach are our egos. Above it, we unite.
The Schach represents our common desire to love, bestow and connect positively to each other, to be as one with everyone.
The Sukkah resembles the place of our unification, our common soul of Adam HaRishon where we all connect as one.
Therefore, following the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, means engaging in a common effort to erect a Schach roof, which gives us the confidence to be held together by nature’s unifying force, which turns our temporary dwelling, the Sukkah, into a sturdy, safe and secure structure.
In our organization, the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute, we learn the inner processes connected to festivals such as Sukkot. With the method of Kabbalah, any person can undergo these processes independently of calendar dates and times, discovering their true meaning together with the revelation of higher perceptions and sensations of reality. We invite anyone interested to get started with our introductory.
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