I have been sitting on this blog for a few days. I originally wrote a blog trying to grasp the politics centering around this protest. I give up. In no way will I really understand all the nuances and I have no interest in making a fool out of myself. Instead I will talk about the protest itself, I was there and I can share my experience.
The protest began in the early afternoon. We live in a religious area so we saw many people walking towards the protest. When I exited the house I was shocked to see the sky turning an eerie yellow. I did my best to capture the sky but I am not sure the haze and color comes across in the photos. The protest was very peaceful. We originally stood on the main road leading to the center of the protest, keeping our distance from the crowd. I used the zoom on my lens to take many of the photos (disclaimer for a certain Papa who gets very nervous in these situations). After a period of time we decided to go up to Jaffa Road to have a better view of the speakers. I never did get a better view but I did leave Logan with the kids on the edge of the crowd and walked down Jaffa Road until I could no longer walk without pushing people aside.
It was interesting to see most of the women congregated along Jaffa Road. If I were to compare, I would have to say where the women were protesting was far more emotional and touching. A large speaker system was setup on Jaffa Road, you could hear the voice of the speakers breaking through the air. The men on the the side of the microphone were praying crying out repeatedly, mourning and begging God to hear their prayers. The women cried holding on to their prayer books praying with all their heart. On the other street the men were praying but the soul was with the women. These women were truly mourning. I started to cry without having any skin in the game. I came as an observer and I left as a Jew mourning with my fellow Jew. I left saddened that my fellow Jew was distraught.
It was a glory to see so many Jews in one place praying for the same thing. I wish they did it every week. I wish every week 600,000 Jews came together and prayed for world peace, for Moshiach, for only good in this world. Because, I have to tell you, I am not sure whether God was happy or sad, but God was paying attention. The energy was intense. At one point the sun was hidden by the haze of yellow swallowing the sky. If only we could all come together and pray for a better world instead of constantly judging and fighting each other.
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