Sukkot and Selfies

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“On Yom Kippur we zoom in. On Sukkot we zoom out.”

You may have seen a photo of some college girls taking selfies and a baseball game (Image 1).
You may have heard that the television broadcast team was making fun of these young women.
You may have heard that the announcers criticized the young women more than a few times, an at one point said that the young women needed “an intervention.”
You may agree with the announcers.
If that is the case, you probably don’t know that the same broadcasters announced a contest a moment earlier that encouraged fans to take a “fan photo” and Tweet it with a hashtag (Image 2). Seems kind of ridiculous to request “fan photos” one minute and shame the people submitting those photos the next minute.
But without taking a step back to see the totality of the incident, one could easily draw incorrect and judgmental conclusions. That’s why context is so important. That’s why it is so important to step outside the situations we encounter in our lives and try to see the bigger picture.
Sukkot is a holiday where we take a step back. We leave our homes and live outside our normal lives.
On Yom Kippur we zoomed in on ourselves. We may have been judgmental about ourselves or others in our lives. It’s a day of affliction. On Sukkot we zoom out. We see things from the outside. We see context. It’s a day of joy.
Add more joy to your life. Step back and see the bigger picture.

Rabbi Eliyahu Fink is the founder of
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