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2/3 Oct: Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot

Shabbat comes in 6.22 pm; goes out 7.21 pm

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The Rashbam, R. Shemuel Ben Meir, lived in France in the 12th century. He was one of  Rashi’s brilliant grandsons and is known for his Talmud and Bible commentaries. He explains that on Sukkot:

“the people leave houses filled with goods at the harvest season and they dwell in sukkot as a reminder that they had no property in the desert nor homes to inhabit. This is why God designated Sukkot at the harvest season, so that a person’s heart should not grow haughty because of houses filled with everything good, lest they say: “Our hands made all of this wealth for us.”

In simple English, the Rashbam is saying: The sukkah is a lesson in humility; it comes to prevent a swelled head. God commanded us to sit in the sukkah precisely at the harvest season when we are congratulating ourselves for our successful harvest and our fancy homes. (Collected from the writings of Rabbi David Golinkin, Schechter Institute.)

Happy Sukkot and Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

October 2, 2015