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The Well of Love
We know that Succos
corresponds to theענני כבוד, clouds of glory. The
(1500-1580) asks why is there only a Yom Tov for theענני כבוד and not for theמן or the באר, well of water, as these were also in the desert
at that time?
is that which is expected of us and that which is above expectations. It is
expected that a mother provides shelter for her child. However, when she buys ice cream and adds the
sprinkles her child enjoys, that is above what is expected. This demonstrates
the mother's love for the child.
It is the unnecessary details that are done that show love.
With this we can answer our question. In the desert,
theבאר and theמן were necessities since we
can’t live without food or drink. Theענני
כבוד , however,
was an unnecessary detail. This showed Hashem’s love for us. For this reason,
we have a Yom Tov—Succos—only for the ענני
Rabbi Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’
Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from
R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Alt has written on numerous topics for
various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a
suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is
passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
Vayikra 23:43, Rashi. Succa
Beis Elokim, Shaar
Hayesodos, chapter 37, s.v. וראוי. At the
age of 18, the Mabit moved to Tzfas and studied under R’ Yaakov Beirav. In
1525, he was appointed as a judge in the local Beis Din, a position he held for
54 years. After the passing of R’ Yosef Karo, the Mabit served as the sole head
of the Tzfas Beis Din for five years.
This helps us understand why
Halacha is so detail-oriented—the way to tie our shoes, time for קריאת שמע and so
forth—as it shows our love for Hashem.
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