Sunday, September 27, 2009

Start building your Sukkah

After Yom Kippur, we start building our sukkahs.

When R' Mendel Futerfas came to America in the '60s, he saw that the Rebbe was davening at a shockingly quick pace. The earlier Rebbeim were known to daven for hours b'avoidah, and here the Rebbe was finishing up in less than an hour; sometimes close to half an hour.
That Sukkos, R' Mendel was present in the Rebbe's sukkah and farbrengen. The Rebbe told a story about the Ba'al Shem Tov.

The Ba'al Shem Tov one year built the most Posul-looking sukkah ever. It had barely enough walls, according to the most lenient opinions, etc. Everything was B'di'eved and was on an extremely fine line between not being halachically kosher.
Chassidim were pulling out their hair (metaphorically speaking), trying to understand their Rebbe's actions. Every mitzvah was always preformed with love and in the most mehudar way! Especially on Yom Tov!
The Ba'al Shem Tov saw the concerned looks and heard their agitated conversations. He placed a paper under his head (and went to sleep? I forget the full story. I'm not sure if he remained awake or not) and took out the paper to show everyone what it said: "Kosher. Mattat, Tzad HaPnimi."
Which meant that from Heaven, it was decreed a Kosher Sukkah, and it was signed by Malach Mattat, a very high Angel who is called Metatron in English.

The Rebbe finished the story and offered an explanation for the Ba'al Shem Tov's Sukkah.
When any other Yid built a sukkah that year that in Heaven they wanted to Pasken as Posul, this Yiddele could argue, "But hey! Look at the holy Ba'al Shem Tov's Sukkah! Mine is at least better than his!" At which the Heavenly Court would be forced to submit to his claim.

At this point, the Rebbe turned to R' Mendel and said, "L'chayim!"


I hope the point is obvious.