The Universal Sukkah

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Sukkos inevitably gives way to Shmini Atzeres. The parei ha-Chag brought on behalf of the nations of the world give way to a day of intimacy between Hashem and His people alone.

The shift between the universal to the particular, between broad concern to Jewish exceptionalism, is a less than remarkable observation. Its treatment by R. Chanoch Kerelenstein zt”l (siman 5 in his sefer on Sukkos), however, is decidedly remarkable. Readers will debate what the mechaber meant, but the implications are enormous.

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