Thursday, August 16, 2012

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It’s the Sefer Torah Party Truck!

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

(Direct video link.)

My wife and I went out for groceries a few nights ago, traveling to another nearby town in the midst of a Torah (Jewish religious) community.  Upon loading our purchases, we turned and found the street engulfed in a Hachnasos Sefer Torah – a welcoming parade for a new Sefer Torah scroll being brought to a nearby synagogue.

The traditions for this involve lines of people holding torches as the Torah is paraded to it’s synagogue under a Wedding Canopy, with rows of dancing and singing men welcoming the Torah.

Somehow the Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel have adopted a new custom… it’s the Sefer Torah Party Truck!  The Sefer Torah Party Truck is a full mobile disco studio, with glowing and spinning crowns (for the crown of Torah), mass party lights, and a full neighborhood volume mobile sound system blasting Orthodox Jewish karaoke with a live MC or DJ on mike singing.

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The wedding canopy and sefer Torah is still there, though it may be powered and lit (and with flashing lights) as well.  It’s all a bit (way way way) over the top, but it’s all to bring honor to the new Torah as it’s escorted to it’s synagogue home.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could you please tell us where was this hachnasat Torah celebration?
Thanks, Chaim

josh said...

Part of the kitsch we love about Israel :-)

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