Sukkot in Miami: Bring on the Heat
By: Samantha Ebner (12th)
Although Sukkot starts later than usual this year, we will still be sweltering in the heat of the Miami sun. Why do we have to celebrate the holiday outside, rather than in our air-conditioned homes?
The reason for this, as the Rashbam explains, is because Sukkot is a reminder of all of the hardships that our ancestors went through. The sukkah is similar to the huts in which our ancestors slept in during their time in the desert. By continuing to celebrate Sukkot by sitting inside of a sukkah, we are reminding ourselves that even though we faced struggles in the desert and throughout Jewish history, continuing today, we still follow in Hashem’s ways.
During the holiday of Sukkot, we must leave our air-conditioned and safe homes, and sit outside in the heat and danger, in order to maintain our faith in Hashem. This will only bring us closer to Hashem and strengthen our connection to our heritage.