Homelessness is one of the saddest things to witness. Our very humanity, our very dignity, is violated when we don’t have a nurturing home we can call our own.
Why then do we leave our comfortable, secure homes, and move into a Sukkah, a temporary hut, which is more like a homeless shelter of sorts?
The answer to this perplexing question will also provide us with a formula and with guidance in how to help solve the homeless crisis in the USA and abroad (roughly 1 in every 590 Americans is homeless), as well as address the latest refugee and immigration crisis.
And here we shall see the remarkable and prescient relevance of a mitzvah – given to us over 3300 years ago, and being performed annually ever since – to contemporary issues and dilemmas. What biblical Tent City teaches us about Tent City today.
Dwelling in a Sukkah teaches us the true meaning and root of human dignity and security, and how we can achieve it. Ironically, the only way to truly feel and be at home is if first you aren’t.
Three meanings of the word Sukkot teaches us three steps to building a nurturing home in this world – three steps to transitioning from displacement and homelessness to creating a warm home which we can call our own.
Including the ultimate home – the Third Temple with the coming of Moshiach.