Yom Kippur in Israel Was FANTASTIC Outside - page in the Bible
Dr. Aaron Lerner 29 September 2020
The outdoor services in Israel were a tremendous success bringing neighbors
together more than ever before.
One of the most iconic sights of Tel Aviv, Dizengoff Square with its famous
fountain, was turned into an open air synagogue with a large crowd of mostly
young people clearly enjoying the services which concluded with the singing
of Hativkah. Secular Israelis, including those on the skate boards and
bicycles that have become an Israeli Yom Kippur tradition, shared the
tapestry in harmony.
Such was the experience across the country.
One corner of the park across the street from me, for example, had services
with the children of the participants enjoying the playground equipment
together with their secular neighbors.
Our liturgy is enriched with many references to nature and praying outside
with the birds chirping and changing sky (including a beautiful moon) also
enriched the experience.
Yes. Yom Kippur of 5781 will be a positive page in the living Bible we in
Israel have the privilege to participate in.
What could have been our new page in the Bible
Dr. Aaron Lerner 27 September 2020
[The narrative for Passover happened. There was an initiative for shofar
blowing but it failed to cover the entire country. It remains to be seen
what happens this Kol NIdre night.]
And it came to pass in the 72nd year of the sovereign Jewish State of
Israel, that a plague struck the world and did not pass over the Children of
And so it was that on the 15th of Nissan that the Children of Israel were
instructed to remain each in their own individual homes and not celebrate
the Seder night with their extended families as they did from generation to
generation. And the Children of Israel were distressed. And so it was that
on the Seder night that an appointed time the Children of Israel stood by
their open windows, porches and doorsteps and joined as one man in singing
Ma Nishtanah. And the Children of Israel found solace hearing their
neighbors as one Nation with one heart, joining together in song.
And it came to pass that the plague continued to Tishrei. And the plague
prevented the Children of Israel from hearing the call of the shofar, as
commanded, in their houses of worship. And the Children of Israel were
distressed. And so it came to pass that at an appointed time the shofar
call was heard in every street so that the Children of Israel could fulfill
the commandment to hear the shofar call. And the Children of Israel found
solace hearing the call of the shofar as one Nation with one heart.
And it came to pass that the plague continued and even strengthened in the
month of Tishrei so that on the 10th of Tishrei the Children of Israel were
unable to pray according to their particular traditions at each of their own
houses of prayer on the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, as they did
from generation to generation. And the Children of Israel were distressed.
And the Children of Israel prayed with their immediate neighbors as one man,
according to an improvised common tradition. And the Children of Israel
found solace joining with their immediate neighbors in prayer as one Nation
with one heart.
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