Did you know that a culture of singing is what freed the entire nation of Estonia? After Stalin took over the Baltic States in 1939/1940, the people lost their freedom to celebrate their cultural singing festivals. After 50 years, they began overcoming their fears and gathering to sing their cultural songs. This gave them more and more courage to stand against their oppressors and grew to a point where they stood, hand-in-hand, in 1991, against the tanks, singing. The world saw this on the news and it was the first time we in the West understood what had been happening those 50 years after WWII. Singing is powerful!! Through a simple song, we can learn a powerful message. For this Celebration, we have prepared an original Beatitude song. Shelley Schneider and Emily Erickson have been working to compose it and I am so excited to sing it with all joining us!
We are Celebrating Joyful Movement.
I invite you to gather in a circle and dance with us! The specific joyful movement (above) and dancing we will be enjoying is a form of a Hebraic circle-dance which we've inherited from our Ephraimite culture.
- Fall Holy Day: The Symbolism of the Cry of the Shofar
- Fall Holy Days: Cry of the Shofar, A Cry to Heaven
- Example Videos of us dancing America's Cultural Dance: Heel-Toe Polka Part 1 & Part 2, Lucky Seven Part 1 & Part 2
- Example Videos of us dancing: a fun Basket dance Part 1 & Part 2
- Example Video of us dancing a simple version of the Jewish Dance Hava Nagila
- Learn more about the movement we started of Family Celebrations, on HouseoftheBook.org