web analytics
July 28, 2015 / 12 Av, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Blowing 1,000 Shofars in Hopes of Finding a Mate

They walked up a tree-lined path through stony hills to a square, white building — men in black hats, beards and frock coats; in T-shirts and jeans; in sweaters, slacks and velvet kippas.

They came by the hundreds — 19-year-olds looking for a match, 40-year-olds losing hope that they would ever find one, boys of 15 praying for the unmarried.

They had come for a special ceremony: They would blow 1,000 shofars, encircle the building seven times and recite penitential prayers led by a master of Jewish mysticism. They would scream and they would sing.

They had come to harness the power of a dead rabbi, Yonatan ben Uziel, a man they believed would intercede on their behalf in heaven, granting any Jew a match within the year — as long as they prayed at his tomb or paid a fee.

“This is the bringing-together of all the strengths in the world,” said Meir Levy, a 40-year-old bachelor who had come to join the prayer service on Jan. 27. “This is a very holy place.”

A man in a light blue robe, red velvet hat and paisley sash approached the building’s courtyard. Volunteers distributed standard-issue shofars to anyone who thought he could blow. The cardboard boxes full of rams’ horns emptied as the men stood at the ready, waiting for the robed man — the kabbalah master Rabbi Yechiel Abuhatzeira — to begin the prayers.

“The Abuhatzeira family is a family with many miracles,” said Eliyahu Hazan, 32, as he waited for the rabbi. “Their reputation speaks for itself. Everyone who goes to them gets results.”

Cryptic ceremonies like these are especially appropriate at the graves of rabbis because the souls of the rabbis help transmit the worshipers’ requests to God,” explained Andre Levy, an anthropologist at Ben-Gurion University.

“In Judaism and Islam, there’s no mediator between you and God. You are totally exposed to God, which is a difficult thought, and you need a go-between. People find solutions in the character of a righteous person.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Blowing 1,000 Shofars in Hopes of Finding a Mate”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    In Me’Am Lo’Ez, vol 9, page 54, “Just as there cannot be any intermediary between a man and his woman, so there can be no intermediary between G-d and us. This is the relationship that G-d has to us. The Israelites are directed by G-d alone.”.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
British Prime Minister David Cameron
Britain Warns Citizens Against Travel to Turkey, Fearing ISIS Attacks
Latest News Stories
British Prime Minister David Cameron

Britain issues alert for its citizens against travel to Turkey due to “high” threat of terror attacks by ISIS.

Hebron police burning marijuana

The marijuana valued at $50 million, and seized in an operation over the past few months.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are shown in a still image taken from RCMP undercover video.

Nuttall told an undercover policeman that his wife believed she should send Jewish children to paradise, since “grown-up Jews” go to “eternal hell.”

Young Israelis enjoy a picnic at the Armon HaNatziv Promenade overlooking  the city of Jerusalem. (archive)

Local Israel Police have arrested seven Jerusalem Arabs in connection with recent attacks on Jews.

Half of all Israeli Arab MKs ascended the Temple Mount to protest “police brutality,” expelling Jews along the way.

The Temple Mount movement strongly condemns Tuesday’s visit by Israeli Arab MKs to the ancient site.

The police acted out of “zero tolerance.” Arabs screaming “slaughter Jews” were not arrested.

The Secretary is visiting Egypt, but stopping off in Israel would only give ammunition to Congressmen opposing the nuclear deal with Iran.

The remand of three other suspects has been extended and the Attorney General’s office announced that it would file an indictment against two of them.

Both civilian and military assistance is being delayed, and Hamas is having a tough time dealing with it.

Rumsfeld tweeted on Monday: “Releasing spy Jonathan Pollard doesn’t make the #IranDeal any less of a disaster for Israel & the free world.”

High Court ordered the “illegal” building to be torn down. Bayit Yehudi MK threatens to tear down coalition government.

Aliyah is up 11% compared to 2014; More than 20,000 French Jews have arrived in Israel over the past five years.

The Russians and the Syrians also discussed cooperation with Chinese companies to increase oil and gas digging in Syrian fields which are safe from rebel attacks.

The purpose of the expedition is to bring Jewish traditions to Jews who are far from the culture.

More Articles from Ben Sales
Israeli winery

“You want to know what this wine looked like, which wine King David drank, white or red…. We can see if it’s red or white, strong or weak.”

IDF soldiers rush injured Israelis to Soroka Hospital in Beersheva after a mortar fired from Gaza exploded at an army staging area near Kibbutz Nirim, close to the Gaza border. The attack occurred shortly before a cease-fire went into effect on Tuesday. Three Israelis visiting the area were hit; two of them died of their wounds.

After a month, should the quiet hold, Israel and Hamas will restart indirect negotiations in Cairo on easing Israel’s blockade of the coastal strip and disarming the enclave.

Shlomy Zachary, an Israeli human rights lawyer, noted that Israeli cooperation with previous UN investigations has helped mitigate criticism of Israel – for example, in a 2010 UN investigation of the so-called flotilla incident.

Smart bombs: Israeli war technology isn’t limited to the home front.

“The values I learned from my parents are probably the same values I hope Christians and Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists teach to their people.”

On Monday, Lapid told JTA that he would sooner agree to freeze settlement growth than free Palestinian prisoners, as Netanyahu has done previously in an effort to advance the process.

“He was like everyone else,” she said. “He was serious. He wouldn’t mess around. He would do what I said. He was quiet a lot and thought a lot. He did everything well.”

More than having a hand on the wheel, the year since the formation of the new government has seen Jewish Home and the coalition’s other smaller parties driving much of the government’s agenda. Netanyahu’s Likud party has taken a back seat on everything besides security affairs.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/blowing-1000-shofars-in-hopes-of-finding-a-mate/2013/02/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: