A Special Sukkot Blessing

Sunday, October 05, 2014 |  David Lazarus

As a nation we here in Israel are constantly pulled between the extreme poles of ecstasy and tragedy. We are either celebrating the wonders and miracles of our existence, or else grieving over the loss of our loved ones.

We go and create an amazing country out of the ashes of the Holocaust, only to be immediately struck with anxieties and fears over existential threats from our hostile neighbors.

We win wars, thank God, against all the odds, but then we must agonize and weep over the aftermath and consequences of every conflict.

Every reason we have to celebrate must also come with a warning against over-confidence.

Even our calendar echoes this bi-polar existence in Israel. Our numerous and joyous holidays are interspersed with no less than six Fast days of mourning reminding us that we are never too far from some ominous event - or some reason to rejoice.

Our latest ongoing war with Gazan terror is a source of some measure of depression amongst our people, as we worry where all this is going. Many wonder out loud what possible solution there can be to a seemingly insoluble predicament.

But we also know that we have weathered every imaginable storm throughout our history, and with God's help we will successfully navigate this latest crisis as well. We will certainly come through to even greater glory.

And so as we invite our loved ones, family and friends to join us in our Sukkah to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles this year, and as we ponder together our inexplicable existence in this land of promise, it is surely time for all to find shelter and strength under the covering of the Almighty in knowledge and faith that in the midst of all this turmoil, our greatest moments are yet to come, and come they shall if only for His name’s sake.

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