Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Pope and a Rabbi Walk into the Vatican and...Dance (?)


No, this is not another rabbi, priest, and minister joke. This is a true report of what happened when a group of Hasidic Jews led by 80-year-old Brooklyn Rabbi Edgar Gluck went to the Vatican after being invited by Pope Francis.

On Monday the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported that Pope Francis danced with the group and discussed with them issues including the protection of Jewish cemeteries in Europe and combating child sex abuse.

As JTA reported,
A video on the Yeshiva World News website and also posted to YouTube shows the pope swaying to the music as members of the delegation dance and serenade him with the song “Long years shall satiate him.”

Born in Germany, Edgar Gluck, 80, divides his time between Brooklyn and Poland, where he holds the title of chief rabbi of Galicia. In the United States, where he has long been politically active, he was a co-founder of Hatzolah, one of the largest volunteer ambulance corps.

Gluck and Pope Francis met and discussed the plight of Jewish cemeteries last year when the pontiff visited Krakow for Catholic World Youth Day and, according to Yeshiva World News, the pope invited Gluck to continue the discussion at the Vatican.
The Hebrew words of the song are "Orech yamim asbieihu v'areihu biyeshuati"

Enjoy!  

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2 comments:

  1. This moment in time inspires hope for a better future, removing the us-them divide, showing we are all human and the capacity for compassion.

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