Thursday, October 19, 2006

Daf Yomi - Sukkah 47 - A difficult departure

The Gemara concludes that the halacha regarding Shemini Atzeres is meisav yasvinan beruchei lo mevarchinan, we dwell in the Sukkah but we do not recite a blessing for the mitzvah of dwelling in the Sukkah. The Medrash states that the reason why we celebrate Shemini Atzeres is because HaShem declares, “you, the Jewish People have been with Me now for seven days. It is very difficult to have you part from Me. Please, stay with me another day.” We find that the word yeshiva in certain contexts means to tarry or to remain behind. Perhaps the Gemara is alluding to this idea that we tarry in the Sukkah because it is difficult for HaShem that we leave Him, but we do not recite a blessing, because HaShem has never left us.