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The holiday of Sukkot ("Tabernacles") is the most joyous holiday of the year. There are four levels of joy on this holiday, corresponding to the four letters of God's Essential Name, Havayah.
All joy is manifest in the heart (in Hebrew: lev). The word lev has many associations with the holiday of Sukkot:
When we sit in the sukkah, we bless God for having commanded us to sit inside. The distinguishing words of this blessing are leshev basukkah ("…to sit in the sukkah"). The first letters of the words Leshev Basukkah are lamed and beit -- another allusion to lev.
Our sages say that the etrog ("citron fruit"), another of the four species, resembles a heart.
The numerical value of all the four species--etrog, aravah, lulav, hadas (אתרוג ערבה לולב הדס) equals 1024 or 322 which is lev (32) times lev!
On this Sukkot, may our hearts experience the true joy of the redemption of all the Jewish People and of the entire world!
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