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Dick Houtman and Birgit Meyer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239450

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.001.0001

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

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

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(p.153) Material Mobility Versus Concentric Cosmology in the Sukkah: The House of the Wandering Jew or a Ubiquitous Temple?
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Galit Hasan-Rokem

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DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.003.0010

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

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