Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Ultimate Shabbat (written before the previous post)

I am writing now as Shabbat has just finished. This was the most incredible
Shabbat I witnessed in my life.

As Shabbat was starting, you could already hear many of the guys in the yeshiva humming some songs. The anticipation for the Shabbat had already started. We then went on to pray mincha at the yeshiva before dancing, all of us, to the kotel. I will not give you all the amazing details from this amazing shabbat, but maybe what I will do is simply describe our way down to the kotel and from that you will be able to understand how the rest of the shabbat went.

We all lined up behind rav elon inside the beit midrash in rows. We started singing songs of praise, songs of Shabbat and songs of redemption. We then made our way down the first number of stairs. We stopped there and made a huge circle. The only problem is that my yeshiva has 400 students and that small space doesn't even have space for 400 people to stand in! However, we made circles in circles and danced all 400 of us, in this incredibly small space. From there, we continued singing: "Yibaneh Hamikdash" - May the temple be rebuilt, while looking at the exact spot where it will soon be rebuilt. We continued dancing down the stairs, singing and got to the kotel. There, a lot of people joined us. If we were 500 going down, we must have been around 500 praying and dancing together.

Kaballat Shabbat was great, all of Shabbat was amazing.

Rav Elon made a speech after a song of ours where we sang about how we want joy in G-d's land "Simcha Le-artsekha". He explained that everything in this world has his spiritual equivalent. However, for the land of Israel, whatever is there spiritually is also here, in our world. Therefore, by praying for joy in G-d's land, we are praying for joy in our own land, the land of Israel. I realized many times during this Shabbat that many of our prayers have already started to be answered and that when we pray nowadays, we shouldn't just pray for a better future but also recognize the great times we live in.

May the time come when you will all be able to share in this "Simcha Be-artsenu"- joy in our land, which G-d has already started sending us.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

JEN PENSE VRAIMENT QUE VOUS PASSEZ DU BON TEMPS.
QUE D...VOUS AIDE A ETUDIER ET A VENIR PLUS FORT QU'AVANT DANS LA SIMHA .

SIGNE PAR
CAVALATLAPEINE.

Batsheva said...

And another one's bite the dust. Israel has swept you into its wave of mysticism and beauty.

Enjoy!

Batsheva

Michal Kessel said...

hi dan :)
I was thinking how I could reach you - then i say the adress you've put on your msnm so here i am :)
Well, I hope you're enjoying Israel... (it's great, isn't it?)
I do have some things I want to talk to you about, so if you get the chance please email me - michalyk@walla.co.il
Thanx!
Michal Kessel
Afula, Israel

Anonymous said...

je ne sais pas si tu liras ce commentaire, mais comme dit Elie, tu ecris bien et j'ajoute parce que tu ressens bien tout ce que tu ecris... shana tova a yeroushalaim.
maman