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Rebbe Sicha Nights of Sukkois 5750 (1990)

During Sukkois, we find a remarkable emphasis on Joy.

Sukkois is called “the day of our rejoicing.”

In fact in Yalkut it teaches that three times the Torah tells us on Sukkois to rejoice (though it mentions this not, regrading Pesach and Shavous.)

In addition, on Sukkois there was the drawing of water – Simchas Beis Hashoaiva.

This joy was so great, that our sages say “Whoever saw not the joy of Simchas Beis Hashoiava, never saw joy in their life!”

Simchas Beis Hashoiva – as today is not necessarily done as in the Beis Hamikdosh with instruments – hence begins on the very first night.

Why is the joy of this, so much greater than others.

We will understand this by explaining why the term seeing “joy” is mentioned.

It is well-known the saying, “one cannot compare hearing to seeing” – the latter causes a fundamental connection (which is why a witness to a crime may not be a judge – as he is certain about what he saw – though he may hear, as a judge (if he didn’t witness) from other witnesses – but hearing doesn’t cause such a deep sensation.)

So when a person sees joy – this causes great joy.

In a similar vein our sages teach that joy (certainly seeing joy) causes a break of limitation – for as the joy elevated the individual, his previously conception of his limitation, dissipates.

Furthermore, we find, in a time of great joy this causes unity – as a King or great person will dance with a commoner.

From this we see that true joy is through seeing, which causes a dissipation of the bond between the seen and the see-er, unifying them as one.

The reason for this incredible joy, is, like a marriage, in the unification of different beings into one – Yom Kippur is the intimate union, which is then celebrated for the seven days (like the Sheva Brochois) of Sukkois, culminating in the ultimate joy of Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah – which like Matan Toran celebrates the marriage.

The culmination of this joy, of-course will be when Moshiach comes, when God will be revealed.

The Torah Moshiach will teach, also will be in a Revealed way.  

This happened in a micro way, when God gave us the Torah – as it states, “You saw in an integrated way, that God is the lord.”

During Simchas Torah – similarly – there was a flow of Divine inspiration.  

So from the seeing at Simchas Beis Hashoiva. this causes that throughout the year, in all spiritual matters, likewise.

To the extent that this brings the complete and completion of joy – the coming of Moshiach.

 This is added in our year – “a year that will be miraculous” – for miracles elevate the perception of an individual.

In simple words, this extraordinary year of I will show you wonders – and during Simchas Beis Hashoiva (so we have the benefit of both miracles and joy) one must uplift themselves and their loved one, to an infinitely higher dimension (perception.)

We do this by celebrating with extraordinary joy.

Furthermore this year – the first day of Sukkois is on Shabbos, which increases the joy.

Furthermore, as it comes out – the shiur of Chitas, is the completion of the entire Torah!

Every night of Simchas Beis Hashoiva, our rejoicing – as in all good things, there must be increase – must be doubled!

The third night creates a chazakah – permanence of joy.  

Every night of Sukkois, there are fourteen guests, Avrohom, Yitzchok, Yaakov, Moshe, Aharon, Yosef, Dovid and the Baal Shem tov – The Maagid, The Alter Rebbe, the Mittele Rebbe, the Tzemach Tzeddek, The Rebbe Maharash, The Rebbe Rashab, and we shall of course include the Previous Rebbe and the Rebbe.

In fact each Rebbe (Regular and Chassidish) are the same (as we know, like the oral law explains the written.)

We find of-course that Both Avrohom Avinu and the Baal Shem Tov, excelled in hospitality.

In addition, both are most responsible and empower, both Avoda and Simcha (serving God, and joy.)

And through the Rebbes, the continuation of the Baal Shem Tov – this empowerment is ongoing.

And this  empowers us to celebrate Simchas Beis Hashoiva with a limitless joy.

Both Yitzchok and the Maagid distinguished themselves in remaining holy/sacred/in their holy environment, and others flocked to them and they elevated the world – this is a miraculous style of being beyond nature but elevating the world.

Both Yaakov and The Alter Rebbe distinguish themselves, as the pillars of Torah.  

So every night of Sukkois, we must add in joy, till the culmination of the joy on Simchas Torah.

As Joy breaks boundaries, may it break the bounds of Galus – and we will hear the ultimate joy, the rejoicing of the groom and the bride, God and the Jewish people in Yerushalayim – an eternal joy.