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Material Mobility Versus Concentric Cosmology in the <i>Sukkah</i>: The House of the Wandering Jew or a Ubiquitous Temple?

Galit Hasan-Rokem

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Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239450
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239498 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.003.0010

Series: Future of the Religious Past (FUP)

Material Mobility Versus Concentric Cosmology in the Sukkah: The House of the Wandering Jew or a Ubiquitous Temple?

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This chapter discusses the meaning of the Jewish Sukkah as it has continually transformed in history: a temporary booth erected during the week long holiday of Sukkoth. For a week every year, it is argued, the Sukkah – booth – expresses an understanding of Jerusalem as religious center as much as it represents the temporary huts of the scriptural Israelite wanderers in the desert. This dialectic of the Sukkah destabilizes and unsettles the clear-cut Jewish concept of the territorial centrality of Jerusalem in the religious cosmology, producing changing constellations in different historical situations, to the present. Religious language and habitus associated with the Sukkah have historically carried an inner transformation of mobility and stability that deconstructs the very idea of an earthly place as center.

Keywords: Sukkah; Sukkoth; Jerusalem; Center; Destabilization; Wandering; Religious language; Mobility; Cosmology

Chapter.  9465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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