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Preface:
Sukkot is one of the most important Festivals of the Lord. For our family, it’s definitely unanimously our favorite time of year! ( Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD’S appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these… Lev. 23;2)

Sukkot is Hebrew word which is translated as shelter, canopy, booth, Tabernacle, etc. In scripture there many references to Sukkot that God creates with His “wings”, clouds and even darkness to protect His people in the future times of trouble. The practice of going out and building the Sukkah (temporary dwelling- outside our comfort zones, vulnerable to the elements, etc.) is a biblical command, another part of the command for this feast is to take certain species of branches of trees and “rejoice” with them.

Each element of what we call the Four Species (arba minim) represent a different kind of person, and we hold them together representing the unification of the remnants of peoples in the end, (the regathering of the exiles) and we wave them in 6 directions signifying our desire to worship God who is owner and ruler over all things- N S E W Heavenward and Earthward. ( Lev. 23; 40‘Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. 41‘You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42‘You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths, 43 so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.’” 44 So Moses declared to the sons of Israel the appointed times of the LORD.)

The central theme of this season is Rejoicing- it is the “Time of our Delight”. ( Deut. 16;13“You shall celebrate the Feast of Booths seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat; 14 and you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your towns. 15“Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.) We love to have guests which is a tradition I love, inviting people who may never have had any idea what these things are about and maybe growing closer together as friends and brothers and sisters in Yeshua.

This was the one time a year God commanded every single person in the community as well as the hired laborers and strangers to appear before Him and hear their leadership read and teach them the Torah (which is a word which doesn’t really translate as Law, it’s definition is Teaching and Instruction.) Deut. 31; 10 Then Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast of Booths, 11when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this Torah in front of all Israel in their hearing. 12“Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, so that they may hear and learn and fear the LORD your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this Torah.

It was also one of the Pilgrimage Feasts (there were three times a year that God commanded all the males to appear before Him in Jerusalem), which Yeshua (Jesus) observed and kept as did his parents and disciples. Exodus 34; 23“Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel. 24“For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the LORD your God. (See John ch 7)

The Sukkah reminds us of leaving slavery- spiritual and historically, when the people were taken out of the woe of oppression by God’s mighty hand they were completely reliant on Him- He loved them because they were willing to follow Him into the unknown. They built sukkot at that time and also He covered them with His clouds of glory protecting them leading them giving them shade and light all along their journey, as He does for us in our lives journey’s. (Jeremiah 2; 2“Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, the love of your betrothals, your following after Me in the wilderness, through a land not sown. Ex. 13; 20 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. )

There is so much deep meaning to this feast- I personally love it because I often don’t just go outside and sit in peace and contemplate how beautiful the stars are or the cool fresh clean air, or the warmth of happy voices around me….so it helps me connect to my King. I love sleeping in the Sukkah and waking up to the sounds of morning. I love being with friends and family and to me Sukkot is a picture of the future rest we will have without end. Rest and worship. The Sukkah represents also the Bridal Canopy and looks forward to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.

Yeshayahu 4;1 For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!” (Isaiah 1; 2 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. 3 It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, 5 then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. 6 There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.)

This season was likely a more accurate estimate of the time at which Light came into the world, Yeshua’s birth. The fact that there was ‘no room for them at the inn” in Jerusalem was likely because of the Feast. Thousands upon thousands would stream into Jerusalem for Sukkot and perhaps that is why Yeshua and his family stayed in Jerusalem. Also this would have been a reasonable time for the Shepherds to be “watching their flocks by night” when the angels appeared to them announcing His birth ( it is snowy and cold in Israel in the month of December and the Shepherds would not likely have had their flocks in the field.) So I think about that too. Every day is a great day to worship and seek the light and reflect it out in our lives. But there is a special light surrounding this Feast. I bear witness ❤

The Feasts of the Lord are still relevant for believers in Yeshua and for the Future. He fulfilled all the spring Feasts at His first coming and will do so for all the Fall Feasts when He returns! The future Millennial Temple will involve the Festival offerings, and Zechariah says that life on this planet will depend specifically on the nations going up to Jerusalem at Sukkot ( Zechariah 14; 16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. 18If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. Ezekiel 45; 16 “All the people of the land shall give to this offering for the prince in Israel. 17 It shall be the prince’s part the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the drink offerings, at the feasts, on the new moons and on the sabbaths, at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel; he shall provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering and the peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel.” )

This feast was the one occasion upon which the Levites would offer 70 bulls for the 70 nations to atone for them and ask a blessing over them for the new season. This is a community and greater community (world) affair, so it is for everyone who wishes to observe it. It was also the one time a year a special water libation ceremony was performed. Crowds would sing, dance, make music and worship as they paraded down to get living water that they would dance back up to the Temple and pour over the Altar. It is said, “one does not know joy whom has not witnessed the water libation ceremony”, it is said to be the most joyous occasion of all. It is on the “great” day of the Feast (which lasts seven days) known as Hoshana Rabbah that Yeshua stood up in the Temple and declared HE was the way for the spirit and life for all people. He did that specifically on that day of Sukkot and referred to the waters which the people would definately relate to at that time….for a reason. He always worked in connection with meaningful Feast dates, Sabbaths and even traditional ceremony in order to explain the meaning and heart of them. This is one reason, perhaps the best reason, they are so important. ( John 7; 37 On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38To the one who believes in Me, it is just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” )

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Sukkot- What does it MEAN to dwell with God?
Re-enacting the Marriage Between the believer and God
Yom Kippur- Marriage – the giving of the 1st set of Tablets- the Chuppah at Sinai (the key that opens the door to understand all the holidays) One theme running through all the holidays. Shanah-> Shoneh= repeat… every year we renew the marriage and repeat the process.
Courting- Elul, the King is in the Field- accessible, smiling showing an intimate side- the 13 attributes of mercy. Wowing us.
Rosh Hashana- God proposes, will you marry me? Blows the shofar is the response the answer is yes- we crown God as King. King and subject it is a relationship. 24/7 relationship, we willingly accept upon themselves this King. He asks, the people answer yes.
10 days of teshuvah- days of awe, trembling….getting ready for the marriage- total commitment.
Yom Kippur- the holiest Jew (High Priest) rep. the people- entering alone, privately, intimately, the highlight of the Chuppah is the Yichud- the time when the husband and wife lock the door and are alone together (fast on the day of your wedding) in this “room” no one/ nothing else matters- very intimate moment. People cry (at a wedding/yom Kippur) under the Chuppah- tears of joy because your soul is raw- the foundation of your relationship- for the rest of your life. Raw, intense, soul stirring, powerful moment.
Lashana Tovah Yerushalayim! = Sukkot= The wedding celebration!
Shemini Atzeret- after the guests are sent away and the bride and the groom are home alone- that’s when the wedding celebration really begins….God says, “now its just you and I”. Simchas Torah- it’s tied, not studied….but danced with. We dance all night celebrating, intimacy….dancing, connected, totality of being.  The simplest Jew can take an material object and turn it into spiritual and Godly. What happens as a result of this dancing with Hashem all night? We give birth. Birth to a brand new world- it’s a new cycle Bereshit bara Elohim….then, Life begins. Mitzvah- tzeveh- connection. You married us through the connection- the link- the mitzvah.
Therefore these are the foundation for the rest of the year.
Phillipians 3; 17 Join one another in following my example, brothers, and carefully observe those who live according to the pattern we set for you. 18 For as I have often told you before, and now declare even with tears: Many live as enemies of the cross of Messiah. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, 21 who, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself, will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body. 
 
We cannot escape from G-d and His Covenant, with its privileges, responsibilities and its terrible sanctions. The stark severity of the message of HA-AZINU may cause discomfort among those in today’s obese, irreverent world who seek a sweet, undemanding spirituality that complements and enhances contemporary lifestyle without causing any radical upsets. People are bewildered by the war, terror, crime, disease and other scourges afflicting us, but would like to see them as mere aberrations that should be able to be eliminated if only we could apply sufficient human ingenuity. HA-AZINU teaches the futility of trying to overcome these G-d-sent scourges without confronting the rebelliousness and deviousness in our own hearts. For G-d always has the upper hand. “For I am He, and there is no god with Me: I kill and make alive, I struck the blow and I will heal, and none can save from My hand” (v. 39).
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Dwelling with man- Sukkot….
#3427 (v) Yashav– יָשַׁב – to be seated, to be sitting, lie in wait, remain, abide, to remain for someone (to expect him),an inhabitant, dweller, to dwell, inhabit, to cause to sit down, to cause to inhabit, to be made to dwell.  
 
The most frequent Torah contexts of Yashav seem to be regarding a temporary stay in a certain place (sitting: Tamar sat at the gateway of Enaim, Avraham sat at the tent doorway after his circumcision. dwelt: and so and so dwelt in a certain place, etc. ) 
 
The Psalms have another connotation when in reference to Hashem’s dwelling/’sitting’: 
Tehillim 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. 
Tehillim 29:10 The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.  
Tehillim 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 
Tehillim 33:14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. 
Tehillim 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.  
 
#4186 (Masc. N) moshav – מוֹשָׁב – a seat, a place for seating, an assembly, habitation, inhabitants, dwellers, the site (of a city). 
 
The references to Moshav in Torah seem to be occurring in reference to where the person/people happen to be living at a certain time: 
Shemot 10:23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
Shemot 12:20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
Shemot 35:3 Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.
Vayikra 3:17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.
Vayikra 7:26 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of yo ur dwellings.
Vayikra 13:46 All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.
Bemidbar 35;29 So these shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
 
In the Tanakh references aside from the Torah there seems to be more of a permanence connected with moshav contextually: 
Tehillim 107:4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
Tehillim 107:7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
Tehillim 107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Psa 107:36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell (yashav- וַיֹּושֶׁב ) , that they may prepare a city for habitation….
Tehillim 132:13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation
 
#8453 (Masc. N) toshav –תּוֹשָׁב – a stranger, an emigrant.  [complete list of occurrences]
Bereshit 23:4 I am a stranger (ger גֵּר ) and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
Shemot 12:45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.
Vayikra 22:10 There shall no stranger eat of the holy thing: a sojourner of the priest, or an hired servant, shall not eat of the holy thing.
Vayikra  25:6 And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee,
Vayikra 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
Vayikra  25:35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee.
Vayikra 25:40 But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubilee:
Vayikra 25:45 Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession.
Vayikra 25:47 And if a sojourner (ger גֵּר ) or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger (ger לְגֵר ) or sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger’s (ger גֵּֽר) family:
Bemidbar 35:15 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.
1Ki 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
1Ch 29:15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
(Read whole Psalm) Tehillim 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger (ger גֵר) with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
If Psalm 39 somewhat exposes what toshav’s essence is….it is passing, as a stranger in a place without permanence. In this ‘place’ of transience, this life- this flesh- our souls are constantly longing to return to their source and feel as strangers in this life and body, through mitzvot we can connect them even while bearing the label “toshav”. 
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2 Corinthians 6; 12 You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. 13 Now in a like exchange—I speak as to children—open wide to us also.  14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,  “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. 18 “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.
 
#1481 (v) Guwr– גּוּר – to tarry (as a sojourner and stranger), to sojourn, neighbor, stranger, turning aside, to fear, to be gathered together. 
Gen 12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
Gen 21:34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.
Exo 12:49 One Torah shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger (ger) that sojourneth among you.
#4033 (Masc. N) Maguwr מָגוּר– wanderings, an abode, ( sometimes used of human life, in which man remains, as a guest, for a shorter time than he wishes). 
Gen 17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 
Exo 6:4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers (guwr גָּרוּ).
Eze 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
 
Vayikra 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Vayikra 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God.
Vayikra 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners (toshav וְתֹושָׁבִים ) with me.
Devarim 1:16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.
Devarim 5:14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
(Read 7-14) Jer 14:8 O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night (luwn לָלֽוּן) ?
 
# 3885 (v) Luwn-  לוּן – to turn in in order to lodge, to tarry, to dwell, to continue, to shew oneself obstinate, to be stubborn,  
Bereshit 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go (halak וַהֲלַכְתֶּם ) on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
Shemot 23:18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.
Shemot 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
Vayikra 19:13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.
Bemidbar 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
Bemidbar 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
(Read 1-19) Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. 
2Sa 12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
 
Luwn seems to connote a ‘stay’ for a very short time, specifically overnight. Also, interestingly, the children of Israel’s “murmurrings”- this is the word which is translated as murmur (luwn). The connection could be the fact that when one is not bound or connected to the community or the mission one may tend to complain about his circumstances, accommodations, food quality, etc. Ruth is perhaps the perfect example of someone from the ‘outside’ wholeheartedly longing to connect to the Kingdom of Hashem- no matter what happened, no matter where she and her mother-in-law ‘found themselves for the night’. She understood that hard times would pass but that faith in Hashem would get them through anything. If we see ourselves as vagrant, wanderers without security or surety there will be a tendency to complain and want. To murmur. 
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Philippians 4;11 I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. 12I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. 13I can do all things through Messiah who gives me strength.
 
#7931 (v) shakan שָׁכַן – to lie down, to dwell, abide, to be familiar with, to be inhabited, to cause to dwell 
Bereshit 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Shemot 24:16 And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
Bemidbar 5:3 Both male and female shall ye put out (shalach), without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.
Bemidbar 23;9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.
Devarim 16:11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.
Ezekiel 17:23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
 
Above are all the Hebrew words I could uncover which were related to the command to “dwell” in Sukkot at this time of year. I thought that if we looked into the meaning we would better understand the heart of why God commanded this. Did you notice how in the reading of the English translations, many of the usages for different Hebrew words (in the English) were interchangeable? I think this is a prime example of what is lost in ‘translation’. Along with the concept of dwelling we know that one can not go, or stay anywhere without initially using our legs and walking there. Perhaps this why in some places where Hashem says He will “dwell” among them, the Hebrew word used is one which can mean- to walk. He walks among them. This is clearly active, He is not on the sidelines of our lives, in our midst He is active! 
 
#3212 (v) yalak– יָלַךְ– to go, to walk.
Bereshit 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Shemot 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go (halak הֹלְכִים ) not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
Shemot 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
Deu 1:33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.
Devarim 2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
Devarim 28:36 The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
Devarim 29:19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.
Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. 15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
#1980 (v) Halak- הָלַךְ – to go, to walk, to go along, to go through or over, to go with, to go after, to follow after, to have intercourse with, to pursue, to depart, to live, to flow, to be poured out, to go on, to go forward, to add (grow), to lead, to live in uprightness, an attacker, wanderer or vagrant. 
Bereshit 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Bereshit 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Vayikra 26:12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
Vayikra 26:23 And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; 24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.
Lev 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; 41 And that I also have walked (yalak אֵלֵךְ ) contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: 26 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
Bemidbar14:14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
Devarim 1:30 The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;
Devarim 1:31 And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.
Devarim 1;33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.
Yalak is ‘walking’, Halak is more like the “way” that one walks. The Laws of Judaism which are meant to mold and guide (restricting and permitting for the sake of being set apart and holy) a trustee of Hashem are called Halacha. If we do not mind that way that we are walking in this life we may find ourselves wandering, or just “filling a seat”, going through the motions. The intent, Kavanah, direction of the heart matters to Hashem. The following word, translated as wayfaring man is found only 5 times in Tanakh. The first two occurrences are within devastating tragedy. The last two are related to God preferring a temporary wander from without His people because of their continual transgression and betrayals, instead of walking and being within their midst.
#732 (v) arach – אָרַח – to walk, to go, a traveler, a company or band of travelers, a caravan, to wander, a wayfarer. 
Jdg 19:17 And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou? (explain context) ….30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak.
2Sa 12:4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. (David looses his child, explain Nathan’s parable.)
(read 16-28) Yoav 34:8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
(read 1-7) Yirmeyahu 9:2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
(read 1-10) Yirmeyahu 14:8 O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?
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So we can see with heart, the deep meaning in custom and practice. We realize the application of mitzvot in our lives. There is feeling, emotion, there is intellectual stimulation. There is awe and the taking of breath, tingling of arm hairs, chills down the spine….things connect and have significance. But at the same time one can find oneself outside in a chilled wind and wonder what am I doing? And why? If the prayer becomes- I want more than a prickle, tickle or shiver my King. I want to internalize in my most inward parts Your divine purpose for me being “out here” with You. The answers will come. For me, this year for Sukkot, I was overly blessed with abundance and joy. Yet inside, personally….I was having trouble connecting completely to His purposes. But then the witness and testimony in His word and in action started to tear down the box I’d found myself in with Hashem. I realize I don’t want to just go through the motions, I do not just want to “show up” in the Sukkah. I want to understand the Sukkah, and what I am doing there.
My King has gone before His people (and me) from the beginning of exile. From the garden when man was (as a consequence for his transgression and betrayal) forced from a place of total provision and security into the unknown, unsown and “temporary”. Since Cayin went out from his place of security (once again, due to his inability to conquer his evil inclination) and became a vagrant, since Ya’acov had to flee his home and family (because of the threat which came as a consequence of his deception) and become a servant in a strangers home, since the children of Israel were forced into a false sense of security and lingered too long in Egypt- becoming enslaved and tortured, until the time of their liberation and deliverance. Free people, but whose were they? How insecure and unsure- how suddenly precarious life must have seemed. Going at once from the mindset of the lock-chain-surety of captivity and heavy burdens, routinely….to being completely undefined, unconfident, EXPOSED. But they weren’t naked. God clothed them, fed them, covered them, lit their path, He taught them, He led them, He walked with-beside-behind-above-and even WITHIN them. There is no question- sitting, skin chilled, mind roving, pulse erratic….a human question could arise- is God really among us or not? If you have followed Him, even into desert places, in trust and in faith- you will not be disappointed. He WILL provide for ALL your needs.
Then everywhere has a permanence because He is there. Then every situation feels like Home because He is your comfort. Than no matter what is going on around you there is security because He has called you outside the box and met you there. What is temporary? Everything outside of Hashem, Who was and Is and will forever Be. What is secure? Trusting Him, having faith that He will provide for every need and desire in every aspect which accords with His will, and walking in eternity right now, on earth as it is in Heaven.
 
To think of Hashem pulling back from His people to the point of wanting to be as a wanderer aside from them….makes the invitation to Sukkot even more beautiful than it once was. This is a personal invitation to be vulnerable, exposed, insecure….but with all of that knowing You are in his hand, His Shelter and this is by His invitation and design. To speak to you- to strengthen you- to cover and clothe You with what He will reveal at a time He said was special to Him. To spend one instant or a moment of a flicker in time experiencing a true touch of Hashem is worth every ounce of effort expended to go outside the box- with Him. With Him. 
 
How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, appearing before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Behold our shield, O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You! Psalm 84
Shabbat Shalom!!
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