Friday, October 07, 2022

Jewish pride takes many forms. Each year as Tisha B’Av ebbs, NCSY brings all of its various learning groups together at the Kotel for a moving kumzitz. Hundreds of teenage boys sit, arms linked and with deep emotion, and the fast with meaningful and appropriate songs. I am deeply touched to witness heartfelt singing about Jerusalem, Moshiach, the Temple, the Jewish people, the land of Israel and the brotherhood of the Jewish people. Young men who have chosen to spend their summer learning Torah, wearing T-shirts and button-downs, and kipot in every color, inspire me. Despite all the internecine bickering that goes on in our larger Jewish family, this annual event gives me hope. As darkness falls they stand up, sing a few more optimistic songs, and then silence descends as they daven Maariv. The kumzitz can be viewed on Facebook.

Wallace Greene
Fair Lawn
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