Our guest for Sukkot is Chief Rabbi of Denmark Jair Melchior. Rabbi Melchior was born into a long line of chief rabbis: his grandfather and great-grandfather both served as chief rabbis of Denmark, and his father, former Member of Knesset Rabbi Michael Melchior (a past Torah Talk guest), served as chief rabbi of Norway. Rabbi Melchior grew up and was ordained in Israel. He moved to Copenhagen in 2013, when he accepted the appointment to become head of the Jewish Community.
Our Sukkot discussion focuses on the three mentions of Sukkot in the book of Leviticus and on the meaning behind this interesting holiday.
Our past discussions of Sukkot:
Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback on the curious command that orders us to be ‘completely joyful’ during the holiday.
Rabbi David Segal on the idea of Sukkot as the perfect epilogue to Yom Kippur
Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg on the inclusive and universal aspects of the holiday