Once exclusively an Ethiopian Jewish holiday, Sigd is an official holiday in Israel. The holiday begins on the 29th day of the Jewish month of Cheshvan – 50 days after Yom Kippur – and is a day of fasting, purity, and renewal. It is a holiday involving a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, centering around a special ceremony involving a renewal of the covenant between the nation and G-d. The ceremony is held at the top of a tall mountain as a symbol of Mount Sinai, and is led by the kahens of the Beta Israel community. The holiday’s customs were inspired by a similar event described in the Bible, which was carried out by Ezra and Nehemiah when the Jews returned to Zion.
Sigd holiday enjoys several observances and events in Israel these days. The national gathering of the Kessim in Jerusalem will take place on November 30 at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade (the Tayelit) in East Talpiot. The ceremony is free and is open to the public.
Olim Beyahad is celebrating Sigd with a festive screening of the film “The Jersualem Dream” in Tel Aviv on November 24 at 6 pm at the Tel Aviv Jaffo Academic College. The program will be:
18:00 – Welcome and reception
18:30 – Greetings from Kes Samai Elias – Chairman of the Council of Kohanim of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel
18:40 – Screening of the film “The Jerusalem Dream” (written and directed by Meni Elias)
19:30 – “Was it worth it?” Panel discussion with the director, Meni Elias; Director of the Department of Justice, Emi Palmor; Past Commander of the IDF’s Southern Command, Tal Russo; CPA and activist, Amir Sebahat; and Aliya activist, Zaudo Jona.
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