Our 7th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Academy class is studying ancient and modern texts in dialogue with Youth Rabbi Zach Fredman - YouTube meets the Talmud.
This week we did Sukkot - a week-long meditation on impermanence. Here are the two "texts." What is each text supposed to teach us? What would one text say to the other? How are they similar? Different? Join us in the discussion by leaving a comment at the end of the post.
Talmud Masechet Sukkah (2a) - The Torah tells us, for all seven days of the festival of Sukkot, leave your fixed/permanent dwelling place, and dwell in an impermanent/temporary dwelling.
Talmud Masechet Sukkah (23a) - Who said you could build a Succah on a boat? It was Rabbi Akiva. For it was taught - If one makes a Succah on a boat, Rabban Gamliel invalidates it, but Akiva says it is ok. It once happened, that Rabban Gamliel and Rabbi Akiva were traveling on a ship during Sukkot. Rabbi Akiva decided to build a Sukkah on the boat. The following day, a wind blew and toppled the Sukkah. Rabban Gamliel said to him, “Akiva! Where is your Sukkah now?”