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The theme of eschatological competition between Israel and the nations supports the link to Sukkot. Consider the following midrash found among the collection of homilies designated for Sukkot in Pesiqta de-Rav Kahana 27:2. Delights in your right hand are victory6 (Ps 16:11). R. 6' R. Avin, like our homilist, pictures a heavenly trial between Israel and the nations, who enter before God the judge on Rosh Hashana. God releases the verdict of the heavenly trial on Sukkot, revealing his true judgment, whatever the illusory situation on earth.

Isa 1:8, Amos 9:11. 56. Cf. Maharshaad loc. 57. The failureof the nationsbotheredtheglossator:If Godmadeit so 26 JEFFREY L. For the festival sukkais completelyotherworldly,functioningonly as a meansto fulfill the no this-worldly commandmentof God. It conveys no self-aggrandizement, the muchmore who no benefit. The contrastbetweenthe sukkaandthe otheredificesis the difference betweenotherworldlydedicationand this-worldlysuccess,betweenworship of God and self-satisfaction,betweenvanity and Torah,betweenIsraeland the nations.

77 Althoughon Shemini and Israel the tradition God nevertheless rejoice alone, 'Aseret projectsan inclusive,somewhatuniversalistview. Sukkotis a festivalatwhichthenations are represented. They are honored guests who participateand contributeto the King's celebration. In Zech 14 the nations make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and bow before God, and here sacrifices are offered on their behalf. Later midrashimelucidate the sense of the Psalms verse: Because Israel offers 75. sh. 76. PRK28:9, p. 433.

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