Rabbi Sessler D’Var Torah


Remember Your Humble Beginnings

My grandfather was a holocaust refugee. He miraculously slipped through the Germans’ fingers. When he first came to Israel, he slept on a bench. Others slept in broken huts, and others still – in fragile tents which constantly leaked during rainy days, and shuddered during the wintry winds and the cold.

Most of us, when we came to this country, we endured a harsh and precarious beginning. Our material possessions were meager, and our homes were more modest. Perhaps we were also lonelier and more scared of an unknown future in an unknown land.

Looking back on all of this, we can remind ourselves that part of the essence of Sukkot is about remembering our humble beginnings as a nation in the temporary booths in which our ancestors resided, in desert times, after the exodus, and en route to Israel.

Sukkot is a time to rejoice, and some of this rejoicing comes from looking around at what Hashem has given us – our loved ones and our homes. It is a time to remember our humble origins, and to celebrate in love and joy the abundance that we are blessed with. Enjoy it, cherish it, embrace it, celebrate it, and appreciate it.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Sessler


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