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Sigd during the corona

צילום: פלאש90

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

"Shalom Sivan, My name is David and I made aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia as a child. Tonight is the holiday of Sigd, one of the most important holidays observed by our community. For a long while, we have been looking at the calendar and wondering if we would be able to gather together as we do every year at the Promenade in Armon HaNatziv overlooking the Old City in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, after a series of additional important occasions that the corona spoiled, we will celebrate the Sigd this year from a distance, perhaps on ZOOM, without gathering in public. I thought to myself that perhaps we could increase our focus this year on the essence of the day. Without politicians giving speeches, without a yearly get together with all of our friends, we can quietly fast as is customary on this day, and think about the significance of our aliyah, of our prayers throughout the generations for complete redemption.

We celebrate the Sigd 50 days after Yom Kippur. This is the point each year when time stops, a day of soul searching when we take stock of ourselves. 50 days have passed since our prayers on Yom Kippur -- where do we stand? What vows did we make on that day, and what do we need to do now to fulfill them?".


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