What does Ushpizin, the seven holy guests who visit our Succah every year during Succoth, have to do with Biden and Trump?
Hours after the USA Elections voting is over, there is still no clear winner. Ultimately, only one candidate - either Biden or Trump - will declared the next POTUS.
The unique opportunity of 2020 is that every one of the 328.2 million Americans can be a winner, if they'd only listen to me.
As of now, nearly half of America is destined to be extremely, even violently disappointed, while the other half will be in a phenomenally elated.
Here's a word of comfort to the disappointed: you'll still have challa, fish, and wine on your Shabbos table, b'ezrat Hashem.
Here's a word of moderation to the elated: COVID 19 and Anti-Semitism won't be disappearing so fast.
To both groups I recommend: chill for a moment, stop and think. Either Biden or Trump will be a loser, but why should you be?
Grand Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter osb'm, the holy Sfas Emes of Gur (image at right), notes how previous generations of holy Rebbes could literally see the souls of the Ushpizin - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David - walking into their Succahs. We can not, says the Sfas Emes. But although we lament that we are not on the level of previous generations, we are actually greater in the Almighty's eyes than they are. How? The great tzaddikim of yesteryear could see the Ushpizin with their own holy eyes. We cannot see them but we believe that they are there in our Succah.
Believing is a much higher level than seeing.
Brothers and sisters in America, don't be disappointed if your candidate loses. Hashem is doing everything for the best. What's best? Only Hashem knows. So even if you can't see how things will be good, believe that they'll be good and you too will elevate yourself to a lofty spiritual level, for emuna is much higher than seeing. for the believer, things will be good! What's more, many people see but they don't know what they're seeing.
I promise you, it's all for the best. This election is simply one big step closer to Moshiach. If we all smile and strengthen emuna, we're all winners.