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Section:  Avodah   Category: Tefila
Hallel: Who Promised You That The Succah Is Safe?

In Hallel Dovid HaMelech tells us, "Tov Lachasos BaHashem Mivtoach BaAdam;" It is better to rely on Hashem than trust a person." (Tehilim 118)  Isn't this obvious for anyone remotely religious?  What is Dovid HaMelech teaching us?

 The mefarshim explain that "Livtoach" means to trust that a person will keep his promise while "Lachasos" means to believe that you will be helped by someone who hasn't even said he will help you.

"Al Tivtichu BiNedivim B'Ven Adam She'ein Lo Teshua; (Tehilim 146) Do not rely on the promises of a generous person no matter how honest or reliable."  The fact is that he is mere flesh and blood and cannot even insure his own well being.  How can he guarantee yours?  Does he know what his plight will be tomorrow to be sure that he can come through for you?  Will he even be alive?

Dovid HaMelech says that it is better to trust that Hashem will help you even if He hasn't promised you anything.  Even if you are undeserving.  Even if you have done aveiros.  The hope of His help is far more assured that than the promise your friend, the bank, the government, or your insurance company.

On Succos we leave the safety of our man made sanctuary, our home.  We expose ourselves to the elements in our unprotected succah.  We put ourselves under the protection of Hashem without any guarantees. 

The Kotzker Rebbe said that he can understand a poor person who worries what he will eat tomorrow (although he shouldn't), but he cannot understand the fool who thinks that because he has money he knows that he will eat tomorrow.  Tov Lachasos BaHashem!

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