One of the final mitzvos in the Torah is the mitzvah of hakhel, whereby on the night after the first day yom tov of Sukkos all of Klal Yisrael got together in the Beis Hamikdash to hear certain portions of the Torah read to them. This was a time especially conducive to achdus, for all loans were cancelled on Shmittah, and Sukkos is a time when we leave the material comforts of our own home and dwell in our Sukkahs instead.

Thus, the removal of the distractions of money and the material world served to facilitate the nation to fully bond with each other via refocusing on the spiritual side of life and that the entire nation is ultimately part of one neshama.

This being the case, we became fitting to repent as a unified nation upon hearing the spiritual lessons which featured in the leining of hakhel.

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