The Fallen Sukkah of David

 

Ohr Rishon

Sukkot 5782

“In that day I will raise up David’s fallen sukkah.”

  • Amos 9:11, Tree of Life Version

“‘Have you heard when Bar Nafle [the son who is fallen] will come?’ ‘Who is Bar Nafle?’ he asked. ‘Messiah,’ he answered, ‘Do you call Messiah Bar Nafle?’ ‘Even so,’ he rejoined, ‘as it is written, in that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David ha-nofeleth [that is fallen].’”

  • Talmud, Sanhedrin 96b-97a

The Talmud associates Messiah with the “fallen sukkah of David,” that will be restored at the beginning of the Messianic Era. Yet, why is the Messiah referred to as Bar Nafle, the son who is fallen? How can he be fallen, unless he was already standing? The following verse may shed light on these questions: ”Messiah will be cut off and have nothing. Then the people of a prince who is to come will destroy the city…

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