Are You Ready for Videos From the Jewish ‘Shofar FlashMob?’
You’re about to find out what happens when you mix horns, faith and — flash mobs.
If you’ve been paying attention to pop culture, you probably know that these popular convergences are the rage across America. With groups of performers increasingly coming together at malls and other public venues to randomly dance and perform, the extracurricular activity has gone viral.
While many flash mobs aren’t centered around anything specific (they’re done simply for the fun of it), the pro-Israeli “Shofar FlashMob” was quite different.
Put on by the Art Kibbutz New York, an international Jewish artist colony, participants in 17 cities celebrated by blowing horns and launching a synchronized performance. The Huffington Post has more about the reason for the festivities:
During Elul, the month of preparation before the Jewish High Holidays, Jews are called to teshuvah (repentance/reflection/return) before the new year, and the shofar is a daily wake-up call.
From Lincoln Center in Manhattan to Wrigley Field in Chicago and Ben Yehudah Street in Jerusalem, the flashmob took the Jewish practice of blowing a ram’s horn to a new creative — and spiritual — level.
Art Kibbutz New York describes the successful international event as follows:
The Shofar FlashMob was like a Midrash. Everyone interpreted the sound of the shofar their own way. The participants also greatly differed in each location – with some even opposing each other in intention, style, approach and modality. Yet these discrete spiritual public art action were performed simultaneously by people who would never meet otherwise or would be willing to work together.
Below, watch the New York City flash mobs unfold:
(h/t Huffington Post)
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