The meaning of the Sukkah according to Chassidus

2. The meaning of the Sukkah according to Chassidus:

A. The Hundred blows of Rosh Hashanah and the Sechach:[1]

On Rosh Hashanah, we blow the Shofar for a total of one hundred times. We blow 60 Tekios, 20 Teruos and 20 Shevarim. This represents the exact Gematria of the word Sechach, which is 60-20-20. This Gematria emphasizes the previous point mentioned, that on Sukkos we draw down the same revealtions of Rosh Hashanah.

B. The cloud of the Yom Kippur Ketores and the Sechach:[2]

The Sechach represents the clouds of glory which escorted the Jewish people in the desert. It is also reminiscent of the cloud of incense that was offered in the Temple on the day of Yom Kippur.


C. The Chassidic meaning behind the requirement of majority shade:

The Sukkah represents the drawing of an Or Makif down below, to the Jew dwelling inside. Now, an Oar Makif is a very high level of G-dliness [level of Yashis Choshech Sisro] which can only be transmitted in a concealed fashion, hence the requirement for the Sukkah to retain majority shade.

D. The Chassidic meaning behind allowing the stars to be seen:

The Sukkah represents the drawing of an Or Makif down below to the Jew dwelling inside. The purpose of this Oar Makif is to be drawn internally into the Jew. This is represented by the stars which represent a glimmer of the Makif light.

E. All our actions connect with Hashem:[3]

One of the lessons of the Sukkah is that every action a Jew performs is to be connected with Hashem. Just as the mundane actions performed in the Sukkah, is considered a Mitzvah, so too throughout the year, one can connect his mundane actions to Hashem, through performing them for the sake of Heaven.

F. It is considered a partner in creation:[4]

One who fulfills the mitzvah of Sukkah properly, considered a partner of God in creation.

G. The Sukkah corresponds to the Torah:[5]

A Sukkah has a similar shape to the letter Beis, and the Torah begins with the letter Beis. It is due to this reason that we find similarities between the structure of the Sukkah and matters in Torah. For example, its maximum height is 120 Tefachim, corresponding to the three times that Moshe went up to the heavens to receive the Torah, and corresponding to the years of Moshe’s life.. It likewise has a minimum dimension of 7 x 7 Tefachim, corresponding to the seven heavens.


[1] Likkutei Sichos 2 p. 425

[2] Likkutei Sichos 2 p. 425

[3] Likkutei Sichos 2 p. 418

[4] Maryu; Kaf Hachaim 639:12

[5] Maryu; Kaf Hachaim 639:12

Was this article helpful?

Related Articles

Leave A Comment?

You must be logged in to post a comment.