Tuesday, 18 February 2014
these two who argue about fire and water.
is the succah like the cover of clouds of glory, mists rising from the ground.
or are they like the actual shelters in the wilderness years. and preparing them is like preparing the festive offerings that will be consumed in fire.
(- yet another argument between Resh Lakish and R. Yohanan. Resh Lakish argues that the succah is like a mist, cloud. a watery substance. R. Yohanan is fiery, and he makes a connection to the offerings on the altar. These two men have long intrigued me. Their relationship, intimate yet adversarial, is echoed in a theme in their continual debates - fire v. water. opposites that can destroy each other)