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Sukkot and the 70 Nations of the World

"Praise the Lord, all nations, praise Him, all peoples" (Psalms 117). No less than 70 bulls were offered on Sukkot corresponding to the 70 nations of the world. The spiritual elevation of all nations was done by sacrificing 70 bulls. The Hebrew spelling of “Korban'' comes from the verb קרב which means to get closer to G-d. Self-nullification to the infinite Creator. The sacrifice of 70 bulls revealed the inner divine spark and elevated all the nations of the world.

The sacrifice of 70 bulls against the 70 nations of the world caused them to praise the creator of the world and hence, connect to him. It also gave them much abundance for the whole year. If the nations of the world would understand how beneficial for them the Holy Temple is, they would protect the Temple themselves so that it would not be destroyed.

The seventh day of Sukkot is known as Hoshanah Rabbah. All future events for the coming year which were signed on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur are finalized in Hoshana Rabbah by a second sealing. The reason for a second seal is another opportunity to repent or return.

G-d is the essence of good, and the nature of good is to bestow goodness. The first Noahide commandment is to believe G-d and have trust in him that he will take care of all his creatures. The sukkah is a temporary apartment and not a permanent apartment. This fact is intended to strengthen our confidence in the Creator of the world who takes care of all our needs.


Rabbi Moshe Bernestein is a writer and a Community Rabbi in Netanya, Israel. He believes in making connections between the Jewish People and the Noahides worldwide in order to share and enhance the knowledge of the Torah's Universal Code for Humanity and fulfil Isaiah's Prophecy 11:9 " And the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the oceans".


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