A holiday, interrupted / Sukkot
For hundreds of years from the time of Joshua until that of Ezra and Nehemiah - traditions related to Sukkot were in essence suspended, but now they are being restored, thanks to the 'new’ Torah text that Ezra’s listeners 'discover,’ which now become a reality.
In the introduction to his commentary on the Mishnah, Maimonides discusses the various interpretations the sages provide for biblical verses. The interpretations, he writes, are not always understood so readily but are rooted in an ancient, but still-living, part of the tradition that accompanies each of them. Each interpretation is done according to that tradition. Talmudic scholars came up with creative...
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