The Prophet Zecharia explains that the survivors of the “War of Gog and Magog” will come to the King, Hashem…and celebrate Sukkot.” But what is the connection between this great war and Sukkot? The answer can be found in the name of Gog himself.

According to the prophecy, Gog who is from a land called Magog is to wage war against Israel during a time that Israel is in the Land and prospering. Gog’s name says it all. Gog is spelled the same as Gag which means roof. The roof shields those underneath it from the influences of the heavens (e.g. rain, snow, etc.). Gog attempts to prevent people from recognizing the source of all Blessing, the Almighty. The roof of the Sukah does not block the heavenly influences and thus become the subject of Gog’s war. Interestingly enough, the numerical equivalent of Gog UMagog is 70 correlating to the seventy nations.

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