It is the beginning of the Jewish holiday marathon season.
I once asked my Moroccan friend whose family is Hassidic, what are the holidays about? One word. “Food.” He continued to explain, “We win, we feast, we loose, we fast.” I would continue to add that the back bone of the food are those who share it, “family.”
There something unique about Israeli culture. I moved to Israel last year the day before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I’m not Jewish, I just had an opportunity to live and teach dance for one year in this controversial yet inspiringly unique country. This year, I’m surrounded by my real blood family, dipping apples in honey, and giving thanks for the sweetness of life. I’m remember people back in Israel who reminded me this past year what really matters in life. Israel might not always be correct on controversial topics, but Israel is unique, and in is the differences that make it great. The humanity of family values highlight the commonalties amidst controversies.
The latest release of Daniel Gordis, “The Promise of Israel,” has lead me to think again about the land where I live.
This past year, I trained in Tel Aviv with choreographer, Ohad Naharin. Here, he is a rockstar, even the taxi drivers know him by name. Ohad Naharin as been director of Batsheva Dance Company since the year I was born. We’ve both learned a lot since then. One of the common and most crucial things being unison. There’s a lot of rift between people in the Holy Land, if you haven’t heard. Not even between “different sides” but within the same group of people. Have you heard the saying, “2 Jews 3 opinions?” Live here for a year and you’ll believe it.
In spite of that, there’s a movement of not just dancers, but people, who want to listen. Batsheva performed in the Edinburgh International Festival this past week when their performance was interrupted by protestors. The dancers carried on-the show must go on. Even more, they moved in unison.
The point of “The Promise of Israel” and the point of this post is an invitation.
We want to welcome you into the conversation. It is about time since it has been a couple thousand years coming.
“Jerusalem is divided by her inhabitants but united by rooftops.”
If you are a visual learner or mathematician, here you go…
Daniel Gordis pitched some ideas in his latest release, “The Promise of Israel.” It got me thinking once again about peace and all the pitches thrown about it.
Baseball players pitch.
Vocalists carry a pitch.
Carpenters measure a pitch.
Dancers pitch too, executed with grace.
Whoever you are, whatever your talent, pitch for P E A C E .
Welcome to the conversation. You, yes you, Y O U have a place to stand for peace.
“One of the greatest things about dance is that it exists beyond boarders, national, geographic, religious, and ethnic connotations….More about dance, it is the best example of what is good about humanity, a glance into a better future.”
-Ohad Naharin, American Dance Festival, 2009