Why the Soldier’s Face was Shining all Succot as told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter

Why the Soldier’s Face was Shining all Succot as told by Rabbi Fischel Schachter

When I heard this, it brought tears to my eyes cause it filled me with such yearning for the intensity of joy when I sit in my own Succah that that Czarist soldier felt so many years ago.
It also makes me wonder about the experiences of my own great-great grandfather, Matvei, who was a Cantonist like the hero of this story. Something interesting: I’m named after Matvei’s daughter, Jenny. And my father was named Matthew after Matvei (Russian for Matthew). So just like my great grandmother I’m Jenny the daughter of Matthew. Chag sameach!

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  1. Thanks for sharing!! Simchas Hamitzvah is such a important component which we often forget.

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