Friday, October 3, 2014

The Reason Succot is in Tishre and not Nissan

The Reason Succot is in Tishre and not Nissan
Day: Friday
Date: October 3, 2014
Parshat: Vezot Haberacha
Yalkut Yosef: 625

HaShem gave us the mitzvah of Succah to commemorate the anane kavod, the protective clouds that surrounded us in the Midbar after we left Egypt. The Tur (Rabbi Yaakov ben Asher, apprx. 1269-1343) explains the reason why we fulfill this mitzvah during the month of Tishre and not during Nissan when we actually left Mitzrayim. He points out that during Nissan, in the springtime, the weather starts becoming warmer and more pleasant. It is very normal during that time for people to spend more time outside their homes. If we were to celebrate Succot in the spring, it wouldn't be obvious that we are in the Succah because HaShem commanded us to be. It would seem that we are there to enjoy the beautiful whether. However, Tishre is usually much colder and most people prefer to stay indoors during this time of year. Therefore it is obvious that we are in the Succah only because that is what we were commanded to do. Many people start building the Succah immediately after Yom Kippur in order to go directly from one mitzvah to another.

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