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The Chasam Sofer in his Torah commentary and Responsa (O.C. 185) explains that the army left the camp in order to wage war and was thus no longer surrounded by the Clouds of Glory. The Sukkah commemorates entering the land of Israel, which commenced with these battles fought by soldiers who needed the shelter of physical booths. See the commentary for a ...


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While I can understand the emotional issue one may have with paying dirt-cheap prices for a mitzva, I do not see the connection between ואנווהו which literally means to glorify, which is done through the beautification of the mitzva-object as stated in the Talmud (Shabbat 133b), and the price spent on the mitzva. Do you have a source that the ואנווהו ...


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Five conditions of a hiddur esrog according to the Tiferes Yisrael Sukkah 3:37 from most to least important. That it should be completely clean,and especially by the chotem (when the middle starts to bend in) there shouldn't even be pin drop of something unclean. The esrog should have many bumps and not be smooth skinned. The ukatz (bottom stem of esrog) ...


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Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin in his work Ha'amek Davar (Leviticus 22,26) writes the following: This section is next to the holiday section and is read on the holidays. There is no doubt that there is an oral tradition dating back to Moses our Master that on the holidays the Torah reading begins with "When a bullock, or a sheep...". He then goes ...


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I can't see how this make sense. According to this logic, it's preferable to pay the seller more then he asks... A person that owns Etrog (citron) tree, that gives the best looking Etrog in town, can't accomplish ואנווהו because he gets it for free?


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I think that many of your assumptions are incorrect. It's hard for me to offer the most appropriate reaction without knowing where you live and what you have experienced. But, I have lived in about 5 different communities and I have spent Succot in Israel. I can tell you from personal observance that Succot has far from lost its status and a big deal is made ...


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