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This one is preparing his Sukkah, this one his Lulav. On the first day of the Festival, all Israel stand before God, waving their Lulav and Etrog, praising God’s name. ” From that point on a new calculation begins. ” 49. In true proemic style, R. Kolonymous Kalman returns to the initial midrash, now reading it through his discussion of true and false beginning. 50. This refers to God’s revelation at Sinai and its prophetic interpretation in the verse I am God, the first (Isaiah 41:4). 51. I have taken considerable license here in the translation.
See Leviticus Raba 30:7, pp. 704–706. 22. See, for example, in R. Kolonymous Kalman Shapiro, Mevo Ha-Shearim, reprinted in Hakhsharat Averkhim ve Mevo Ha-Shearim (Jerusalem, 1962), p. 41f. 23. On this see Harold Bloom, Ruin the Sacred Truths (Cambridge, MA, 1987), pp. 1–13. 24. See, for example, in Rachel Elior, “Hasidism—Historical Continuity and Spiritual Change,” in Peter Schefer ed. Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism: 50 Years After, (Tubingen, 1996), pp. 318 and 319. 25. , 1995), pp. 338, 339, “Polytheism, on the contrary, with the exception of Platonic philosophy, assumes immortality to mean only deification.
It is less often remarked, though, that the very periodization of Israelite history into eras of judges and kings—a periodization still followed in political histories of ancient Israel—is a construct of the narrative of the Deuteronomistic History, and not the only possible way of looking at the Israelite past. It was, after all, not David or Saul who was the first king of Israel, but Gideon’s by-blow, Abimelech. He was proclaimed king three biblical beginnings 11 at Shechem (Jud 9:6), just as Solomon’s son Rehoboam would later attempt to be (1 Kgs 12:1).