Prostrated before God

Israel's Ethiopian community celebrates Sigd.

ethiopian feature 88 298 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
ethiopian feature 88 298
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Dressed in traditional garb, Ethiopian Jewish community leaders converged at Jerusalem's Haas Promenade on Monday, November 20 for the annual Ethiopian Jewish festival of Sigd, celebrated 50 days after Yom Kippur. While religious leaders prayed and fasted, waving their hands and kissing the ground, thousands of Ethiopian teenagers enjoyed the social aspects of the event, buying treats from food vendors, browsing stalls selling Ethiopian flags and music discs, and walking along the length of the promenade overlooking the capital's Old City. The Jerusalem gathering is the focus of Sigd, which means to prostrate oneself in worship and is meant to renew the covenant between God and the people of Israel. The prayers, recited in the ancient Ethiopian language of Ge'ez, express a longing for Jerusalem. - Jerusalem Post staff