We have a new little peanut in the family and I’m going to meet him this week iy”H! Nice gift for the beginning of the year 🙂
Last week wasn’t really a writing week for me. Really, the past month or two have been harder, but I want to keep this blog afloat to the best of my ability. I hope that in some small way it’s doing a good thing by validating other people’s experiences, so I hope to continue sharing. I apologize if posts are more sporadic than they’ve been, but I suppose this is part of the ebb and flow of life.
And…Succos is almost here. It might just be my favorite Yom Tov. Listen to this shiur by Mrs. Shira Smiles – it will change your experience of sitting in the succah. One point she shares: Why don’t the ushpizin come to visit our homes on Pesach? Why only Succos? Because a house, no matter how Torah-oriented, imbibes the impurities it is exposed to, and the ushpizin are uncomfortable inside. But a succah is the shade of Hashem – and the walls of the succah are inherently holy. The air of the succah is the air of Gan Eden. That’s why the ushpizin can visit us on Succos, and that’s why just sitting and breathing in the air of the succah is a spiritual experience that nurtures your neshama.
Do you decorate the succah? I don’t stand on ladders or wield the staple gun (my younger siblings do that) but I love choosing new decorations and watching them go up. If it’s been awhile since you’ve gotten involved, shopping for that one perfect decoration is an easy way to get into the spirit of Y”T.
Also, before I forget, I wanted to tell you about this newsletter that I’m subscribed to. I’ve really been enjoying it and deriving chizuk from it. The writer, Mrs. M’nucha Bialik, is giving a teleconference series (about shidduchim/dating) after Succos. This is not a paid ad or anything, but I’m looking forward to joining the conference and thought I’d share with anyone who might be interested.
Gmar tov to all of you and I’m hoping to be back here soon! Have a wonderful Y”T! How are you getting into the spirit?