Feeling It When You're Not Really Feeling It: Being Joyful on Sukkot

The Torah commands us to be happy over Sukkot, but is it possible to feel real joy simply because it is a mitzvah?

We are in the midst of the celebration of Sukkot, which we call zman simhateynu, the time of our joy. In the book of Deuteronomy (16:13), the Torah commands rejoicing for all members of the Israelite community: “You shall rejoice in your festival, with your son and daughter, your male and female slave, the Levite, the...