AT SUNDOWN today Rosh Hashanah begins. In Jewish liturgy its described as the day of judgment and the day of remembrance. During services there is a phrase repeated several times: On Rosh Hashanah it is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. I remember as a kid listening along and having the image of God basically searching through each persons deeds for the year as if written in a ledger. It seemed fucking terrifying.
Probably my clearest Rosh Hashanah memory though was of one year where our congregation seemingly forgetting we were in the sanctuary and not at an Atlanta Hawks game or something started vigorously applauding a particularly long blast on the Shofar. The look on the rabbis face, the way he shook his head to indicate total disgust at our congregational faux pas: it was powerful.
Anyway, Im not trying to make fun of Rosh Hashanah here. Its just that Ive always felt a lot of confusion about the high holidays. I do believe in ceremonies though, even if, and perhaps especially if like skateboarding in a pool they re-purpose existing constructs in ways the original builders never couldve imagined.
This is why I like this video so much. Heres Dror Gomel an Israeli drum teacher who studied percussion in Africa, breaking shit down on this IDF armored personnel carrier.
Lshanah tovah yall. Peace.
Feature photo courtesy of the IDF.