Today on Hoshana Raba, that which was decided, inscribed and sealed for you is being delivered. The sages say that if you could see the spiritual world, you would see millions of little notes coming down from heaven with what is decreed for every soul.
Hoshana Raba is also the 7th day of Sukkot, corresponding with David haMelech. May we see the fallen sukkah of David restored (Amos 9:11) in our days!
Sukkot is the “safety exit” from the war of Gog and Magog. We change our solid “roofs” for S’chah, the flimsy, thin roof of the Sukkah. In the Torah portion for Shabbat Sukkot, Hashem tells Moshe that He will hide him, using the word S’chah [וְשַׂכֹּתִי כַפִּי עָלֶיךָ] to hide, conceal. So the true protection is in the S’chah of the sukkah, putting us litereally against the worldy odds, by saying our true protection is from G-d.
Gag, the word for roof, refers to something solid and strong. So Gog, tells the world that you need to put your faith in the material world, and build your own protection.
Magog is the name of the system that is currently ruling and manipulating the world. The Sukkah becomes a safety exit, almost like the phone booth in Matrix, where you dial up, to a higher realm that will keep you safe and set you apart from the Magog system.
Obviously the sukkah has to be completely kosher according to Halacha. You can’t just camp out. You can’t just built something, we're not playing "sukkah-sukkah". It has many specific measurements and specifications, even the way you need to place it (for instance not under a tree, or anything that covers it from above – like a neighbour’s balcony), and in these specifications lie the protection.
Back to Hoshana Raba – on this day we wish each other a Pitka Tava – “a good note”. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a GOOD year, above and beyond the system.
Please watch our video as part of our "Kedem Journeys" in the ancient Biblical Jerusalem where we visit the Shiloah pool where the water-drawing ceremony took place.