This post is dedicated in memory of Etya Sarah bat Yitzchak ha-Levi. May it be an aliyah for her neshama.
By Shayna Hulkower
It's holiday season, if you are Jewish. The 'High Holidays' of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are barely behind us, but already we come to our next festival: Sukkot. Without looking at a calendar, one always knows Sukkot is approaching by the increasing number of Sukkas (plural being Sukkot) popping up in Jewish neighborhoods all over the world. Even though Sukkot only happens once a year, it's actually with us every night, whether we realize it or not!
Rav Dessler explains the 'sukkah of peace' is a principle where we all value spiritual and intangible things in life. It says in Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of Our Fathers, that one is not allowed to be envious of anything except if another has more Torah learning than him. You are allowed to be envious of things that are within your control and cause you to be a better person. Ultimately, money is a transient thing, coming and going often within a person's lifetime. When we value things like a person's selfless quality, hard working ethic, honesty, or other positive character traits, they similarly inspire us to want to do better in those areas. When we all are striving to be better people, not only does everyone succeed, but we are able to live in a sukkah of peace with each other. Chag sameach!