Sukkot 1

The power of Sukkot is that it 

takes us back to the most 

elemental roots of our being.


• You don’t need to live in a palace 

to be surrounded by clouds of 


• You don’t need to be rich to buy 

yourself the same leaves and fruit 

that a billionaire uses in 

worshipping G-d. 


Living in the sukkah and inviting 

guests to your meal, 

you discover 

such is the premise of 


the mystical guests

that the people who have come to 

visit you are none other than 

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and 

their wives. 


What makes a hut more beautiful 

than a home is that when it comes 

to Sukkot there is no difference 


• the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor. 

• We are all strangers on earth, 

temporary residents in G-d’s 

almost eternal universe. 




• whether or not we are capable of pleasure, 

• whether or not we have found 

happiness, nonetheless we can all 

feel joy.


Sukkot is the time we ask the most 

profound question of what makes 

a life worth living. 


Having prayed on Rosh Hashanah 

and Yom Kippur to be written in 

the Book of Life, 

Kohelet forces us to remember 

how brief life actually is, 

and how vulnerable. 


“Teach us to number our days that

we may get a heart of wisdom.” 

What matters is not 

how long we live, 


how intensely we feel that life is a 

gift we repay by giving to others. 


Joy, the overwhelming theme of 

the festival, 

is what we feel when we know that 

it is a privilege simply to be alive,


Most majestically of all, Sukkot is 

the festival of insecurity

such as is it going to rain 



while in the Sukkah,....

It is the candid acknowledgment 

that there is no life without risk, 

yet we can face the future without 

fear when we know we are not 



G-d is with us, 

• in the rain that brings blessings 

to the earth, 

• in the love that brought the universe and us into being, 


• in the resilience of spirit that 

allowed a small and vulnerable 

people to outlive the greatest 

empires the world has ever known.


Sukkot reminds us that 

G- d’s glory was present in the 

small, portable Tabernacle Moses 

and the Israelites built in the 

desert even more emphatically 

than in Solomon’s Temple with all 

its grandeur. 

A Temple can be destroyed. 

But a sukkah, broken, 

can be rebuilt tomorrow.


Security is not something we can 

achieve physically 

but it is something we can acquire 




All it needs is the courage and 

willingness to sit under the 

shadow of G-d’s sheltering wings.

I wish you all a Chag Sameach and 


continued blessings for the year 


Best Regards

Jean-Pierre FETTMANN

+65 94604420