Monday, May 4, 2015


Leviticus 21:1−24:23

Covenantal Joy: What Sukkot Can Teach Us

Rabbi Shai Held, Mechon Hadar, Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas
The Torah insistently connects the festival of Sukkot with the obligation to rejoice, and later Jewish tradition calls Sukkot
z’man simhateinu, the time of our joy.  Why is Sukkot of all holidays singled out as the time of happiness and delight?  Understanding the joy associated with Sukkot helps us gain crucial insight into the nature and dynamics of God’s covenant with the Jewish people.  (That is why it is useful to explore the meaning of Sukkot so soon after Pesah has passed:  Having just re
-enacted the Exodus from Egypt, we now learn about the nature of the covenantal journey that follows.)

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