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An All-Encompassing Mitzvah
Dwelling—i.e. remaining in one place—is the essence of the mitzvah of sukkah.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes that from the commandment of sukkah we learn that even our everyday, mundane affairs must be connected to G-d. Whether sitting, eating, sleeping, etc., in a sukkah, a Jew is entirely enveloped by the mitzva.
Locked Onto G-d
There is a powerful spiritual connection between Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
The Four Species of Sukkot, the lulav, etrog, myrtle and willows, are not only symbols of our victory, they also hint towards the unity of the Jewish people. The sukka, the mitzvah that we fulfill by immersing ourselves in it, is G-d hugging us. Literally!

On Simchat Torah we dance with the Torah while it is closed. We are so focused and satiated on our connection to G-d and His Wisdom that we do not even need to know what it says!
Unity Among the Species
The holiday of Sukkot demonstrates how to bring loving-kindness into our new year.
We dwell in a sukkah for seven days (eight days outside of Israel). Entering the sukkah we are entirely immersed in the mitzvah, resulting in a level of union to the Infinite that is only available to us after the Days of Awe. While in the sukkah, we are "hugged" by G-d.
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