The days of Sukkot are happy days because the Light of Chassadim spreads in the world. It comes to us through the Sukkah and the Lulav connections. At the same time during these days we are waiting for the final seal on our ‘verdict’ that was made on Yom Kippur. We are still under the judgment process that started on Rosh Hashanah.
Every day of Sukkot we repeat the word Hoshana, ‘הושענא’, that means ‘הושע נא’ “please redeem”. We use the positive light of Sukkot to ask for forgiveness and redemption from our sins so we can start a new, positive and successful year.
On Rosh Hashanah, the ‘King’ sits in his throne and judge the world. We should repent of our sins and iniquities because on that day notes are written and stored in a special folder. If a person makes repentance then these notes are torn and disposed.
After that, the Holy One Blessed be He, bring Yom Kippur for us. If a person repent on his sins then he is sealed with positive seal. If not then the negative notes are sealed for lack of repentance.
If the repentance is not complete then the final judgment and seal awaits Hoshana Rabbah, which is the eighth day of Sukkot. If he completed his repentance then the notes are torn and if not they are given to the angel that executes the judgment. This is irreversible process.
Then because the notes are given to the executioner, the ‘Tzelem’ (spiritual image of the person) would reflect the judgments to be inflicted on that person. ‘Reading’ the Tzelem would show what kind of judgments that person will go through in the year that follows.
A true and pure Kabbalist under the light of the moon can see the Tzelem of a person on the night of Hoshana Rabba. He would suggest taking a commitment/vow to study, keep Mitzvot and give Tzedakah to sweeten the judgments. After the morning prayers, we use five willow branches to sweeten five final judgments represented by the five final letters םןץףך (five Gevurot). We beat the branches to the ground (bare/natural, not paved), letting the leaves break apart from the stem. After this final seal is made and nothing can be changed.
I don’t think that we can find a kabbalist of such levels outside Israel. I suggest to avoid ‘charlatans’ that may try to impress you with such ability.
We have few days until the final seal and we would like to start the year on a positive ‘note’. We should connect to the Sukkah as much as possible. Eat, sit and make food blessings on it. Make a blessing on the Lulav (Find a local synagogue or check on Chabad.org on a chabad house near your area). Make commitment to improve on your following of the presets. Make a vow to give tithe and Tzedakah every month (shared among those who benefit you spiritually and or to sustain life (food, money, spiritual support) of poor children, families). Promise to allocate daily or weekly time for Zohar studies.
All of these ‘commitment’ would benefit you by tearing many negative notes and allow blessings to come to your life. Keeping the same behaviours as previous years would bring more of the same.
The world is going mad and the negative side express itself with chaos all over the world. Nature disasters and expression of great evils are part of our daily news. We should stay away from the chaos on earth by climbing spiritual high.
Committing to do good would tear a lote of negative ‘notes’.
During the days of Sukkot we don;t miss any opportunity to do give and give a lot of Tzedakah, especially for those who have hard time to give. When it is hard for one to give then it’s as hard for the Light to give back. We use the tools of this holiday to draw the most light of Chassadim (Mercy) and commit to do good during the coming year.
Here are few suggestions for you to promise/ commit. Find your own but consider that they should be related to Mitzvot/Precepts and Zohar study. To reveal more light in our lives we need to do Mitzvot and study Zohar.
Commit to light candles every friday and give few coins to Tzedakah before lighting the candles (put in jar/box and give away when full).
Married women commit to do mikveh more often than you do. Bake Challah for Shabbat (follow the correct spiritual process)
Encourage your husband to do Mitzvot, give, study
Commit to pray and put tefillin every day.
Read at least one chapter of Psalms everyday or a defined time for it.
Read Zohar at least 18 minutes a day. With the free Unity Zohar app on your smartphone it would be very easy to do.
Give the money value of one hour of your work as Tzedakah every week and complete tithe every month.
Share your God given talent with others.
You can always do more that what you do now.
From Yom Kippur until Hoshana Rabba we bless each other with ‘Pitka Tava’, meaning ‘Good note’. In Yiddish it’s ‘Gutten Kvitel’ ‘גוטן קוויטל’.
Pitka Tava to all