The Advantage of Being An Alien
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays
Our 1963 Succah was attacked by a swarm of bees, and all of us, except my father zt”l ran into the house as quickly as possible. Our guest, ‘a la Lord Monvoddo, enthralled with sitting in a Succah for the first time, didn’t notice the bees, and wondered what his role in the strange ceremony was: Should he run into the house with the crowd, or sit calmly with the Rabbi. My father looked up at him, smiled, and offered him so more food.
I grew up with a Succah, and assumed that walking on the streets with the Four Species was a normal part of life. I didn’t know enough to realize that for most people on the Baltimore streets, our Succot behavior was alien.
There is a part of me that, before Succot, wishes I were an alien to all these wonderful and exciting Mitzvot. I wish that it was not natural for me to move into a Succah, or to wave the Four Species. I wish for the excitement of a newly observant Jew sitting in a Succah for the first time, and waving his first set of Four Species.
Then Succot begins, and the “First Time” excitement is there. I am an alien in the world of the Succah meeting all the strange feelings for the first time. No Succot is like another. I am a different person than a year earlier, and the Succah, Lulav and Etrog are “First Time” experiences each day of the Festival.
I love that “First Time” feeling; the powerful Succot gift that allows me to experience Z’man Simchateinu as the joy that comes with new experiences and being a “new” me.
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