When the Bible is danced and sung and rejoiced upon . . .
The park was jammed with thousands of Jewish celebrants—young and old, men and women, rabbis and city dignitaries, representatives of the many different Jewish communities— all dancing together in giant circles with ecstatic joy, accompanied by exuberant singing and instrumental bands.
The Jewish year is marked by eight festivals, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, and ending with Shavuot, Pentecost, a commemoration of the granting of Torah to Israel. Reminding, beckoning, bringing joy and times of solemn reflection, these holidays help to give Israel her identity and remind her of her place in history.