• Rachel Shifra Tal

Sukkot, the Unifying Booth

And Israel shall dwell in the sukkah The verse speaks about one sukkah. There are no mistakes in a text written by the Creator of the world. But how, how can all of Israel dwell in one sukkah? This is a very powerful and strong message. We are all in the same sukkah. Let's take a nosedive into that tremendous statement. In a time where one cuts off their own relatives based on a difference of political views, where nations once united live divided; where if someone doesn't like what you think or say, they cancel you; where one opinion is allowed only; we need to rediscover the definition of unity. This divide is everywhere. It’s not just in politics and religion, there are even dog people vs cat people! My favorite question I get asked is what Jewish sect do I fall into? People will ask me point blank, am I religious. My answer. Nope! I am a Jew. Period. But no, they press, you must be orthodox because you do this that and the other. I don't recall hearing G-D make a distinction between Jews at Mount Sinai. I heard the nation of Israel. Yes, that is me. I am an American, an Israeli and a citizen of the world. I am human. And oh wow!! I see you are human too! So, you are a cat person? A dog person? Ok. You vote Republican, Democrat, abstain, liberal. Ok! You still look human to me! How can we bridge the divide between us? A great sage was asked, can you tell me the entire Torah while standing on one foot? The sage picked up his foot and said: “Don't do unto others what you don't want done to yourself.” Placing his foot back down, he sent the man to Yeshiva and said, now go study! This could be one way. Perhaps there is another.... The Torah it is said that one verse can have 70 interpretations! And all of them are correct! Why so many!? Well, this Torah is complete all by itself, but it is written on a parchment. To be read, the parchment needs to through the prism of people! No two people are alike! We are all made different! We each have our own unique set of fingerprints, no two alike!!! Incredible! We each one of us has a unique mission in this world! Judaism doesn't believe that if you don't do your part, someone else will come along and do it! No!! You are it! There was never from the beginning of time a person just like you!! Maybe that!! Or! One of my personal favorites! G-D made us in G-D'S image! Mic drop for that one! What is this a copyright stamp!!??