Given the scriptural evidence cited above it seems reasonable to infer that associating the dwelling in booths of the Israelites during their long journey through the Sinai desert was rather a late development that was projected retrospectively on the days of Sinai.
Selfishness is a major wall between a person and God; when a person goes – especially when s/he would rather not -- to a place where there is sadness in order to express sympathy, or when s/he goes to another place where there is joy in order to rejoice with them, one defies selfishness and gain more proximity to the presence of God.
In this weekly portion of Matot that discusses releasing a woman ("isha") from a vow that she had taken, God permits the father of a non-married woman to effectively cancel out her oath, but only on the same day that he heard out his daughter’s vow.
Moses -- in this weekly Torah portion Sh’lach – finds it necessary to include 12 tribal leaders in the scouting-of-the-Promised-Land adventure for the sake of being politically correct, rather than be militarily correct
A month into their journeying through the Sinai desert the people exhaust their small flour provisions that they carried from Egypt, and become nostalgic about “the flesh pots” and “the fish” that they recall eating even as slaves
The tribe of Naftali was singled out, among the tribes of Israel who were counted for battle in the Wilderness of Sinai, in a foremost subtle way, yet significant. While all tribes are referenced as ‘’For the sons of… [name of tribe], only the tribe that concludes the list (Numbers 1:32)