Thursday, October 16, 2008

Succot supporting naturalistic lifestyle

I haven't given it much thought yet, but it obviously seems the Commandments of סוכות have (beyond the sense of being transient) some preference to 'naturalistic' sort of ideals (which needs looking into. i.e.- סכך that is not a plant is מקבל טומאה.. It has to be disconnected.. ארבעת המינים have to be fresh.. ניסוך המים has to come from a stream.. יום חיבוט ערבה במקדש..etc...).

5 comments:

The Babysitter said...

Interesting connection, makes sense.

It's because we're coming back to our natural root...

הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

Oh, I didn't notice your comment here. I'm not sure I'm sure what you meant by "we're coming back to our natural root...".

The Babysitter said...

as in the spiritual side of stuff, like the purpose of succos is to forget about the house and materialistic stuff and to trust in Hashem and remember that he gave us the anunim in the midbar and stuff like that.

הצעיר שלמה בן רפאל לבית שריקי ס"ט said...

I don't know if we're getting at the same thing, 'ananim in the midbar' is not a 'natural lifestyle'. I meant more like, further distancing from the unhealthy ways of over-industrialisation (which, in way, existed then too). Though I was just thinking that the process of Tefillin making actually suggests the necesity for a certain amount of industry, so...

The Babysitter said...

yea, I'm not so sure how Jewish a concept it is to go green.

I was just saying perhaps there is a connection between what your saying and the spiritual side of it.

That your saying it's more natural, less industrial, so then I said it can be like being more natural spiritually. If that makes sense.