Singing Is Believing: In April 2018, at the time of Israel's 70th anniversary of independence, the social-musical initiative known as Koolulam (see For All These Things: Israel @ 70) showed us how Yom HaAtzmaut should be done.
Ah, the spirit! the love! the music!
Abq Jew thinks we need this now.
As Abq Jew pointed out last week (see The Story Continues), in Israel, there are weddings - many, many weddings - taking place. Acts of resistance. And here, too, in America.
Simcha - joy - takes precedence over mourning.
Back in 2018, Abq Jew was tipped off to the Koolulam project by The Times of Israel, which reported
Koolulam, the social singing initiative that’s taken Israel by storm, started celebrating earlier when it gathered 12,000 people, including President Reuven Rivlin, musician Shlomi Shabat, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and MK Gila Gamliel at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena to sing Naomi Shemer’s iconic “Al Kol Eleh,” “For All These Things,” in preparation for Israel’s 70th.
על כל אלה - על כל אלהשמור נא לי אלי הטובעל הדבש ועל העוקץעל המר והמתוקאל נא תעקור נטועאל תשכח את התקווההשיבני ואשובהאל הארץ הטובה
Over all these things, over all these thingsPlease stand guard for me my good GodOver the honey and the stingerOver the bitter and the sweetDon’t uproot a saplingDon’t forget the hopeMay you return me, and may I returnTo the good land