Friday, November 24, 2006

A TORAH READING in ancient Ethiopic (Ge'ez) to celebrate the Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd:
35,000 Ethiopian Israelis celebrate the giving of Torah
By Ayanawo Farada Sambetu (Haaretz)

Some 35,000 people celebrated the Ethiopian Jewish holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem yesterday, marking the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Absorption Minister Zeev Boim said he believed "the holiday of Sigd can belong to the whole people of Israel, like Mimouna," referring to the Moroccan holiday at the end of Pesach.


During the ceremony, the community's religious leaders read chapters from the Torah, particularly those concerned with the giving of the Ten Commandments and portions from the prophets and Psalms. The readings were in the ancient Ethiopian language of Gez and translated into Amharic.

UPDATE (25 November): The Jerusalem Post has more on Sigd, including a couple of photos of the recent celebration.

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