Living in a sukkah - eating meals, perhaps sleeping - is the main aspect of the holiday of Sukkot.
- What do we learn from leaving our homes and living in a sukkah?
- What do you think about when you sit in the sukkah?
- What emotions do you experience while spending time in a sukkah?
- What was your favorite or most memorable sukkah experience?
The mitzvah of living in a sukkah during the holiday of Sukkot is found in the book of Leviticus. As you look at some of the sources describing the mitzvah, can you think of a reason for this mitzvah? What are we supposed to gain from the experience?
From reading the verse above, why do you think we live in sukkot during the holiday of Sukkot?
The following verse provides more information about the mitzvah.
This verse still doesn't answer the question. Why should future generations remember that the Israelites lived in sukkot when they traveled in the desert?
Rashi's grandson, the Rashbam (c.1085-c.1158) provides an answer.
- According to Rashbam, what is the danger of living a life of comfort?
- How does living in a sukkah encourage you to appreciate? What do you appreciate? Who do you appreciate?
- Sitting in a sukkah can help develop empathy. Who do you empathize with when you eat meals or sleep outside in a sukkah?
- How can you turn the appreciation and empathy that was developed during Sukkot into action?