What better way to express the beauty and warmth of Sukkot than through a story? As we celebrate Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot, this sermon presents five stories and five lessons to capture the heart of Sukkot.
The first deals with a question posed by the mayor of Berlin to Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Levin, the city’s chief rabbi: Why do we not ask Ma Nishtana on Sukkot? His answer will astound you.
The second explains the sacredness of Shabbat and Sukkot, time and space, as revealed in a debate between the Voorker Rav and the Kotzker Rebbe.
The third focuses on the Berditchiver Rebbe’s unique custom of inviting simple Jews to his sukkah.
The fourth solves the mystery behind disappearance of the world’s most beautiful sukkah, the sukkah of the Lolever Rebbe.
And the fifth contains a beautiful, novel explanation of why the mitzvah of the sukkah is the most comprehensive and all-encompassing mitzvah of all the 613 mitzvoth of the Torah.