The Mitzvah of Sukkah: A Rabbinic Critique of Slavery?

Posted by Rahel Berkovits on October 16, 2016
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem: Weekly Parsha Podcast, Sukkot


In this podcast, recorded for Sukkot, Rabbi Rahel Berkovits discusses how the ritual of sitting in the sukkah is a remembrance of leaving Egypt. She will examine the second chapter of Tractate Sukkah which opens with a story about Rabban Gamliel’s slave and closes with a story about us, the Jewish people, serving as slaves. Through an analysis of the themes embedded within the text we will try to unpack and understand the rabbinic ideas presented in the text which tie the issue of slavery to the mitzvah of sukkah.

About Rahel Berkovits

Rahel teaches Mishnah, Talmud and Halakha at Pardes. She has spent many years studying Talmud and Jewish texts in both traditional and academic frameworks at Midreshet Lindenbaum, The Shalom Hartman Institute, and Hebrew University in both the Talmud and Jewish education departments. In 2015, Rahel completed her studies at Beit Midrash Har’el and received ordination from Rabbi Herzl Hefter and Rabbi Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.

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