Shabbat Sukkot | 5765
| | 02/01/2004
The mishna (Sukkah 51a) states, “Mi sheloh ra’ah Simchat Beit Hashoevah loh ra’ah simcha miyamav” (he who did not see the rejoicing at the place of the water-drawing has never seen rejoicing in his life). And afterwards the mishna describes the nightlong simcha that began at nightfall and continued until the morning daily sacrifice accompanied by the nisuch hamayim, the water libation.
This year may present us with a more lenient application of the rules of kinyanim (acts of acquisition) than usually exists in regard to the need to buy a separate set of arba’at haminim (=lulav) for children under bar mitzva. The gemara (Sukka 46b) says that one shouldn’t give (with a kinyan) his lulav to a minor on the first Yom Tov, because a minor can receive an object but cannot give it to others.
Hillel was legendary not only as a great scholar and leader, but also as an extremely humble man (see Shabbat 30b). So one can only be surprised by the pronouncement he was accustomed to make during Simchat Beit Hashoeiva. Hillel would say: “If I am here, all are here; if I am not here, who is here?” (Sukka 53a).
This edition of
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).