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Sukkot: The Importance of Jewish Universalism

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Within Judaism, it can often seem like we are solely particularistic — that we are focused on Jews and Jews alone. Throughout most of the Torah, we are the focus, as it is the book of our people. While true, such an approach misses a fundamental component of what it means to be a part of the Jewish People and, by extension, the world-at-large. At our core, we are all about the world. Our relationship with Hashem as the Chosen People is for the world, as He told Avraham, “All the families of the earth will be blessed through you” (Bereishis 12:3). On Sukkot, we’re reminded about this.

The holiday of Sukkot involves a bit of manual labor. For the eight-day holiday, we build a temporary hut — a sukkah — decorate and design it, and we top it off with the proper covering. But we are also building something greater: something for the world.


© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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