Jews: Why Stay In The Sukkah When It Is Raining


(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CHABAD.ORG)

 

If it rains during Sukkot, we don’t have to sit in the sukkah, correct? So why have I seen people who continue to sit in the sukkah even when it is pouring?

Answer:

Sitting in the sukkah is the only mitzvah that, if you’re bothered by it, you’re exempt. Usually, even when a mitzvah is hard, you have to do it. Like fasting on Yom Kippur, when only those who must eat for medical purposes may do so. Most people find not eating or drinking for 25 hours quite uncomfortable, but we still have to do it. And yet, if sitting in the sukkah bothers you, like in wet weather, you can leave and eat inside the house.

Nevertheless, many people refuse to eat outside of the sukkah, no matter how bad the weather, because they would be more bothered by eating inside a dry home than outside in a leaking sukkah. When you understand what the sukkah is, you’ll see why.

The sukkah is a holy space. You are sitting in a divine abode, under the heavens, with the stars shining down on you, surrounded by angels and the souls of our forefathers. Our sages teach that we are only worthy enough to enter the sukkah after Yom Kippur, when our souls have been cleansed and we are at our spiritual peak. And the mystics explain that while the sukkah may look like a derelict hut cobbled together from wood and branches, in truth it is a made from the holy names of G‑d.

The weather may be a little unpleasant, it may be a little squishy in there, and your palm allergy may be flaring up…but the inner serenity, the love and feeling of connection with those around you, the sense of being embraced by G‑d—all that should override any physical discomfort. If you’re still not enjoying the sukkah, then you’re not really in the sukkah in the first place, and you can go inside. But if you know what you’re missing, you won’t want to leave.

There are moments when we are called upon to transcend the material world. Sitting in the sukkah is one of those moments. A little rain, or even a lot, can’t stop that.

15 thoughts on “Jews: Why Stay In The Sukkah When It Is Raining

  1. I thank you so much, dear friend, for posting this article; I am truly touched! We do come out and make the initial blessings in the Sukkah even under a tropical storm, but then we go inside to eat, and come out again for Blessings After Meal. It is truly an plifting spiritual experience, rain or shine, and this year there has been no rain so far, but unusually hot. We are still enjoying it, though, and I use every moment to sit in the Sukkah and learn or pray, with a cup of tea or even a glass or water.

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    1. I greatly admire your faith my friend. Over all, of the people that I have know in my life I would have to say that the people of the Jewish Faith have been by far the most devout. I wish I could say that of the several thousands of Christian people that I have known but to say so would be a total lie. I have a lot of respect for you Dolly.

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    2. Dolly, have you read anything from the website of Larrysmusings.com ? He has a disposition that I am not fond of but I do try to read many view points from different people for the purpose of learning differing view points. He is very much anti Jewish so I find his opinions hard to read but there is one I thought you might be interested in, he says it is also on YouTube. The title is The Day Amazon Killed History. If you can I would like you to try to read a little of it for the purpose of getting your opinion. He is one of those folks who doesn’t believe in the Holocaust. To me, his theories on such things as the Holocaust would make me think that he is on the level of “flat earth” believers, but, I don’t believe that Larry is actually stupid and to me, that is what makes folks who think like this to be very dangerous. I do not know it but it would not surprise me one bit if he is a KKK Leader in his neighborhood.

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      1. I search his site but couldn’t find it. If you have the link, I’d be curious to read it. Other than that, I truly don’t want to spend much time visiting his site – too rabid.

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      2. I agree, when someone is filled with hate and quite honestly, with stupidity, is it worth anyone’s time to spend reading their words? Part of me says yes because I feel the need to know what the opposite views of my views actually are. I think it helps keep/make me better rounded but it is difficult to do sometimes. When there is an argument I always try to see as many views of the subject being argued about as possible before I state my thoughts on the issue but as I said, that is sometimes difficult to accomplish.

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      3. You are so right, Ted, but certain topics hit me personally, and they hit where it hurts. Realize that I grew up hearing this kind of antisemitic b****t all around me, reading it on every wall and fence, and being deprived of many opportunities because of it. That’s not even to mention the fact that both of my parents (May they rest in peace) were Holocaust survivors, and half of my family perished in Babiy Yar, together with the entire Jewish population of Kiev.
        I am certainly blessed to be here, in a free country, where everyone has the right to express opinions, but some opinions I’d rather not even discuss.

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      4. When I think of the things that the Jewish people have gone through and are still going through, it makes me angry and sick at my Soul. As you know, in the northeast there are a lot of Jewish folks. I was a truck driver most all of my adult life and I went up to the NE many times. There were times that I was having trouble finding a customer and I would stop and ask what ever people I could find, if they knew where the company was at. I remember a few times when I would pull up into a parking lot because I had seen 4, 5, or 6 young Jewish men (ages about 14-20) walking through the lot. The hope was that one of them would know where the company was at and if I remember it correctly at least one always would. The point of this note is that in every case all the young men were obviously afraid of me even though there were many more of them. It made me feel sad, it hurt me that they had been taught to be so cautious and worried about a non-Jew stopping to talk to them. I know that I’m ugly but darn, thats a bit much.

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      5. I am so sorry about your negative experience with those Jewish youngsters, Ted. Ugly or handsome has nothing to do with it, but fear of gentiles certainly does, and you can’t blame them. Even though there were more of them, they were taught and strongly admonished not to engage in physical violence and try to avoid any verbal exchange that might lead to a conflict. Chances are, they were also afraid of misunderstanding and being misunderstood, as their English skills were probably not the best.

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      6. It just made me feel sad for them, that such teaching were necessary. To me it said that they had had bad experiences with gentiles and that is what hurt, that people had treated them so badly that they pulled away from contact. When I started speaking with them they became friendly once they knew what I was wanting to talk to them about. I had no bad feeling toward any of them, I only felt bad that others had mistreated them. I would have gladly given my life to protect those young men, they just didn’t know that.

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      7. Ah, dear friend, unfortunately, there are so few people like you and too many of the others! All the more we respect and treasure the good and kind ones!
        These young men might not have had bad experiences themselves, but we have been mistreated for 2,000 years, and the collective subcoonscious generates instinctive fear.Add to that arsons,bomb threats, vandalism and nazi symbols on synagogues and schools, and random attacks on Orthodox Jews that are all happening TODAY, in the U.S. and all over the world, and I am sure I’ll understand why they are taught to avoid contacts with the outside world.

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