Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Greeting the new month

This is news to me: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu describes a monthly gathering of thousands of Jews who walk the streets of Jerusalem's Old City singing psalms of praise to God:

Guitars, biblical trumpets, shofars, balloons, and flags with a picture of the ancient Temple and flags of modern Israel lead this surrealistic parade through the Old City alleys usually untouched by Jewish feet.

Men, followed by women, stop at a sealed ancient gate to the site of the Temple Mount and sing one or two psalms, dance to a Carlebach melody, and then continue to another gate.

So, are they inspired or just nuts?

(Either way, it's an interesting contrast with the little-observed kabbalistic practice of fasting on Erev Rosh Hodesh as a "Yom Kippur Katan".)

1 comment:

Rachel Ann said...

That sounds incredibly fun. It is new to me as well, but it sounds like something I would love to do. Maybe I'll get a chance next month.