Building One’s Proper Sukka / Hanging a Chair for Eliyahou haNabi / Placing Reeds & Decorating the SukkaPrint This Post •
Monday, 27 September 2010 | AP | Sukkot
11 Tishré 5771 – Sept. 19, 2010. – Sukkot
Tizqu leShanim Rabot Ne’imot veTobot!
* Suka veLulab & Pithu Li – nz”y Ribi David Kadoch s”t
Netibot haMa’arab – e”H Ribi Eliyahou Bitton s”t
2) We have the minhag to place a “reed” in each of the four corners of the Sukka, we call these ” ‘Edim” – “Witnesses.” This is because they are coming to be our “witnesses” that we did not build this Sukka for the shade but rather solely for the misva itself and because of this the Zohar calls it “Sela deMehemnuta,” the “Sukka of Faith.” See Qobes Minhagim (Sukkot).
4) It is customary to hang a chair in the Sukka in honour of Eliyahou haNabi, zakhur letob. On it we place holy books and mahzorim. This is based on what the Kaf haHayimwrites regarding the concept of preparing a chair for the Seven Guests, and it appears that from this our custom came about. This and through our pure faith that Eliyahou haNabi will appear before the Mashiah does. See Qobes Minhagim (Sukkot), the original source is from Maran haHida in Moré ba’Esba p.284.
5) It is our custom to decorate the Sukka as much as possible because of our love for the misva of Sukkot and anyone who goes above and beyond their obligation is praiseworthy. This is based on what Hazal say on the pasuq “This is my G-d and I will glorify Him.” The sefer Qeren David writes that there is a hint to this minhag in Proverbs (4:8) where it says “Salseleha utromemeka” – “exalt Her and She shall promote you,” the Rashé and Safé Tebot (beginning and ending letters) of these words spell out Sukka. See Yalqut Yosef (Siman 638:1).