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He needs a hug!

Friday, 11 October, 2019 - 9:01 am

Though my mind is inquisitive, I never thought about hugs enough to wonder who enjoys them more, me or the kids. Last week, as I sat on the couch, Zeesy climbed her way onto my lap and got into a cozy position and just sat there in a delicious embrace for what felt like an eternity. It was so good that she asked me the following day if she could do it again. It got me thinking about how powerful a loving embrace can be, and while the kids love them, I think I love them more. It’s sort of a validating process in which kids, who are normally in their own world of school and play, who are constantly demanding unrealistically of their parents, suddenly turn into these squishy lovable kiddos, who make it all worth it.

On Sukkot, which commences Sunday evening, we celebrate G-d’s embrace. The four walls of the Sukkah are Hashem’s way of hugging His newly returned children, who finally came home to visit during the High Holy Days. He asks us to step out of our comfort zone, come into His domain, the great outdoors, and allow Him to care for us and show us His ability be there for His vulnerable children for the entire Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret. I would venture to say that, like me and the kiddos, He enjoys the Sukkah hug even more than we do. Perhaps therefore Sukkot comes so soon after Yom Kippur, G-d wants to get a hold of us while we are still around, still in touch with Him, and He hangs on to us as long as He can.

Nature and Montanans are old friends, but following G-d’s command and entering the Sukkah for the specific purpose of connecting with Him, is something even more special than regular camping. Yom Kippur was great to repair the relationship, but Sukkot is the opportunity to chill with our Creator post court date drama. We sit together, sing and Farbreng, learn and say L’Chaim and just enjoying familial company in the presence of our Big Daddy. Step into a Sukkah, you’ll be right at home.

Enjoy His bear hug!

May You guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May You protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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