AT SUNDOWN today Rosh Hashanah begins. In Jewish liturgy it’s 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 person’s 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 rabbi’s face, the way he shook his head to indicate total disgust at our congregational faux pas: it was powerful.
Anyway, I’m not trying to make fun of Rosh Hashanah here. It’s just that I’ve 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 could’ve imagined.
This is why I like this video so much. Dror Gomel, an Israeli drum teacher who studied percussion in Africa, breaks shit down on his IDF armored personnel carrier.
L’shanah tovah y’all. Peace.
Feature photo courtesy of the IDF.