Sukkot: Where Pagans and Jews Meet

So my rebbe, Rav Zelig Starr, of blessed memory, was most responsible for my training to become a rabbi. He was a fascinating man, coming from his ordination at the world renowned Slobodka yeshiva in Lithuania, moving to Chicago, and getting a college degree at University of Chicago. With that background, it was natural that he would teach us that everything in the Torah is logical. I was never quite so sure of that.

And I was very certain that Jewish practices that developed long after the period described by the Torah were illogical and irrational.

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