What is more significant, a fine deed or its supposed meaning? Take the giving of charity. It is deemed by Judaism to be of supreme importance. It saves lives. It puts food on the table. It advances worthy causes. It sustains the study of Torah. But when one writes out a check, is one thinking of all that? Usually not. The deed itself, the check-writing, is more significant than the meanings attached to it.
With the holiday of Sukkot, it is just the opposite. With the sukkah — the wood-covered hut that is the centerpiece of Sukkot — the meaning trumps the deed.