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Elul 10: Shelter

by Hillel News |Aug 25, 2015|Comments

First Blast: Text

כִּי יִצְפְּנֵנִי בְּסֻכֹּה בְּיוֹם רָעָה

For He conceals me in His pavilion (sukkah) in the day of evil


Second Blast: Commentary

The Shabbat Ma’ariv (evening) service also uses the sukkah (hut) as a metaphor for God’s protection: וּפְרוש עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שלומֶךָ - (ufros aleinu sukkat shlomecha) spread over us the shelter of Your peace. Yet, the sukkot we build on the holiday are pretty bad at providing shelter: their roofs allow rain to enter and they can blow down in a strong wind. Perhaps the ultimate protection, then, is the trust we will make it through even in trying circumstances.


This phrase foreshadows Sukkot and is one of the reasons we recite this psalm leading up to and during the fall holidays.


Third Blast: Practice

Find some sukkah-like indoor-outdoor space, like a gazebo or pavilion, and spend some time there considering the fragility of life and the necessity of protection.

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  • Elul
  • Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience
  • 2015

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