Saturday, September 22, 2007


I'm not sure what people are supposed to do on the Day of Atonement according to Halachaic law, Probably pray. I did my praying last night with my Bulgarian neighbor Lutzi. We went to a synagogue of Turkish Jews, a rare one in this predominantly Muslim neighborhood (I've begun dating an extraordinary woman who is Turkish, so this worked out as an educational field trip). Praying there was a very different experience from what I've known in Ashkenazi synagogues. for one: rather than touching the Torah scrolls lightly and kissing the fingers that touched them, people actually went ahead and kissed the Torah itself. I did so too, I frenched the Torah.

Now, however, I'm sitting here trying to clear space on my computer, and running into an old file with photos from Boston, where I had lived with Lin. I was beginning to forget Boston when we separated, I was letting Boston go with Lin. now I see I'll never forget it. Just as time is running out to sum up the year and see what lessons it taught, I'm learning something new, something about memory and renewal and the imperfection and power of both. I'm not sure what people are supposed to do on Yom Kippur. Thinking about Boston seems right.


Ariela said...

Shalom Yuval,

Beautiful pictures of Boston you posted. It makes me yearn for Northeast autumns. Altho I feel very lucky to be here when the seasons change with a camera in hand. I hope your holiday was fulfilling. Your Yom Kippur at the Turkish Jews' temple sounds like an interesting experience. I haven't brought myself to go to any prayer services since I've been here, but something like that sounds worth going to. I remember during my time in Be'er Sheva I went to a small Ethiopian temple, which, until I had gone to, wasn't aware existed. I remember it feeling more meaningful and new than most other experiences at the reformed ashkenazi temples I'm used to going to in Miami, FL.

In any case, it was very special to be here on this holiday if only to witness a shut-down of an entire country. Bodies, bicyles, and birds, and the occasional arabic pop song on the radio. I never thought I could experience such a peaceful silence here. It was great.

These past few weeks have been sort of hectic with the holidays, as I've spent most of them in North Tel-aviv with my family. Hopefully sometime this week we can meet up and have a beer somewhere. Maybe there will be another cheesy comedy show at the Slow Moshe. I'll leave you my number on here if you want to call some night during the week when your free.

Take care and have a good weekend!

Miriam (Mimi) Asnes said...

Went apple (and peach and pear) picking yesterday in Bolton, MA. Saving one for you.