How it really was!

Parting is such sweet sorrow... The “bitter sorrow” of parents bidding farewell to children who are leaving for a young, struggling and distant Israel.

August 22, 2018 11:19
How it really was!

American singer and actor Eddie Fisher dances the hora at Shavei Zion’s Dophin House in 1957. (photo credit: MOSHE PRIDAN/ISRAEL NATIONAL PHOTO COLLECTION)


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“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I’ll say good night until tonight becomes tomorrow,” Juliet says to Romeo. “Sweet sorrow” is a contradiction of terms, an oxymoron. Juliet could say that to Romeo because she believes she will see him again the next day.

November 1952, Union Station, Toronto Hora and Farewell

In the grand hall of the railway station, a few dozen teenagers danced the hora. We joined them, an affirmation of Jewish belonging seldom seen in the staid Anglo-Scottish-Irish city of that time. There was a chant, an affirmation of peoplehood:
The leader: Who are we?
The dancers: YISRA-EL!


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