Erev Yom Kippur in Mea Shearim

I think this video was shot a day or two before Yom Kippur. This the kapparot ceremony that was made famous by the orthodox rabi who flew over Eilat in an ultralight with a chicken in order to sprinkle its blood over the city… If I have the story right, the authorities thought it was a terrorist attack and scrambled jets to force him to land.

Most people didn’t seem to mind the camera although there was a young fellow cruising the neighborhood who took it on himself to warn me off. I’ve exacted my revenge by posting a video of his car on vimeo for the world to look at… Now that I think about it, that was a fairly insensitive thing to do. I should probably do Kipparot.

I hate to be intrusive with a camera the size of a canon… but if you are going to get interesting footage then you pretty much have to resign yourself to being hated. On the flip side, I’ve met a few who, having discovered that I shoot video, invited me to their settlements and asked me to record their message. I will be going to one next weekend. Should be interesting!

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