How Zechariah Relates to Sukkot

Connecting the physical and spiritual realms.

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The seeds of divine blessing thus grow in the natural world. The haftarah directs attention to this fact and redirects the reader to the physical and spiritual components of life. As natural beings, we eat and walk and labor on the earth, but this naturalness may be transformed by a path of piety focused on the House of the Lord. From this perspective, pilgrimage may be as much an inward movement of the soul as an outward act of the body. The divine kingship of which Zechariah dreamed then begins with a transformation of the heart.

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Michael Fishbane

Michael Fishbane is the Nathan Cummings professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. His research spans the spectrum of biblical and Jewish studies and he has written numerous books in Jewish Studies.