Religious Song-and-Dance in the Kibbutz

13 Oct

So here is my first go at adding a video to the blog.  As I mentioned in my previous post, this past weekend saw the curious incidence of religious encroachment into secular kibbutz life. But as you will see in this video, this particular Jewish celebration seemed more like an excuse for big dance-a-long than anything else.

Kibbutzim are, for the most part, pretty secular and don’t bother too much about keeping shabbat or following strict kosher rules. So I was quite surprised when I was told that a bunch of orthodox Jews would be turning up in the kibbutz after sun down on Saturday to dance around the kibbutz square whilst holding their large Torah scrolls. Hmm… Why such a song & dance? Well it’s  “a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle,” known as Simchat Torah. However, as Asya’s Dad quipped, they’re probably just happy and relieved to have finally gotten through the darn thing.

In the end the religious overtones were, from what I could tell, minimal. Rather we got a typical kibbutz evening gathering with loud songs and peculiar dances with sweets and bouncy castles for the kids. So, yes, all is still well…

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Posted by on October 13, 2009 in Jewish Life



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