It's the first day of Succos, and this photo adapted from Joel Seshold's Flicker stream is a beautiful symbol , isn't it?
The full moon awakened me, just in time to see it emerging within heart-shaped clouds, like a divine embrace.
That's how I want to feel this season of joy. Spiritually, I am in a divine embrace that is tangible and undeniable, and it's my responsibility to remember this privilege as I move through my Succos days and nights, and also thereafter.
"Embrace is hinted at in the sukkah: Just as a person embraces his child in love, encircling him with his arms, and sheltering him with his head, so here for the joints of the arm there are the two walls according to their rule, plus a third wall at least as wide as a handbreadth, and the third, the handbreadth, is the hand, and all of it is a parable for the situation of being embraced, of our being drawn near to Hashem [God] in joy and purity."
Thanks to Rabbi David Seidenberg of NeoHasid.org for sharing this wonderful quote from Meshulam Feivush, Rebbe of Zbarazh, in Yosher Divrey Emet