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Absolute Joy

There is a special mitzvah on Sukkot to be “ach samaoch.” Only joyous.

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Tzvi Fishman

Tzvi Fishman.



There is a special mitzvah on Sukkot to be ach samaoch.” Only joyous. It is a happiness not dependent on anything external, beyond definition and words. Just to be absolutely joyous in one’s love and worship of G-d. Rabbi Kook describes the sukkah as a whirlpool of joyous energy which is constantly changing each second, reaching ever-higher levels of joy and attachment to G-d.

Chag samaoch!

 

 

 

Tzvi Fishman

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. His recent movie "Stories of Rebbe Nachman" The DVD of the movie is available online.

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  1. Yehuda Cohen says:

    On that last picture, I recognize that popping blood vessel on your forehead is a result of you doing a Valsalva manouevre (exhaling against a closed glottis/airway) which is used by most divers to equalize their ears, it happens when one is blowing up a balloon, playing the Shofar, making feces pass with force and from breaking wind aka in Hebrew as Mahfleetzah. I am sure we’re all happy that the succah is outside of the house and not inside. All said with in fun and joy. Hug Sameach!


Tzvi Fishman, author of the Jewish Press blog Felafel on Rye and author of more than a dozen books.
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