Wednesday, November 30, 2005

On concerts, football and prayer

Have you ever had that feeling of chills down your spine, atingling feeling on the back of your neck while at a concert or at a football game? Your band is coming on to play your favorite song and 75,000 people are joining in all the words. Vinateri is kicking the Super-bowl winning field goal with 0.03 left on the clock.

You sense that feeling of unity, the togetherness, the common purpose. Berov Am Hadras Melech. Voices as one, a harmony of song, mass exultation. That feeling of being part of a momentous moment, a life changing event. Tomorrow will not be the same as yesterday, all because of today.

You are a part of something great, something huge, something that stretches across boundaries, crushing borders in its wake. Forging relationships across nations, worlds that could never normally meet. Standing as one, before G-d, together.

Have you ever?

TRK

14 Comments:

At 11/30/2005 5:24 AM, Blogger Karl said...

Good to see you havent deserted us.
I felt like that at the Matis gig on Monday. I hope youare going to one coming up - he seems to be going all over in the next month.

 
At 11/30/2005 7:07 AM, Blogger Eshet Chayil said...

Can't say that I've ever been to a football game, but the post made sense. Actually, strangely enough, your post kind of gave me that feeling.

 
At 11/30/2005 10:29 AM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

why do guys always use sports analogies? sorry, but football leaves me cold. maybe MAYBE...i could relate to the start spangled banner at a baseball game...or the olympics.

 
At 11/30/2005 10:31 AM, Blogger Elster said...

Yes:

At various Jet games, at a Jimmy Page/Black Crows concert, at various points during Neillah on Yom kippur, At a Mets playoff game against the Bulls, watching theRangers Stanley Cup win against the Canucks, dancing at weddings, hanging out with my friends in a college dorm at 2:00 ijn the morning, at the kotel on Yom haatzmaut, at the kotel for birchas kohanim on Succos - Just to name a few

 
At 11/30/2005 10:47 AM, Blogger Littleredridinghoodie said...

I feel that way every time I pray, like the heavens are open to my heart's desires and I have to be so careful...

Like I am driving in the Le Mans speeding on a one way track and one moments loss of focus can take me out of the race...

But the satisfaction of making it across the finish line, has no words to describe it. Only an inner and outer glow that can be seen by few.

 
At 11/30/2005 10:48 AM, Blogger Littleredridinghoodie said...

Two years ago I was at Menorah lighting at the Kotel - that is one of those "must have" experiences...

 
At 11/30/2005 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

waking up to the sound of the shofar in elul.

 
At 11/30/2005 11:26 AM, Blogger Mata Hari said...

elster, lrh - wow...you guys are good! so much imagery.
MH

 
At 11/30/2005 2:01 PM, Blogger Elster said...

mata:

Sports and men. Unfortunately, if you aren't a guy, it's difficult to relate. Since I am not female, I wouldn't dare try and find the women's sports equal. But for my wife, the equivilant of me seeing the New York Jets win the super bowl might be spending 10,000 on a shopping spree at a fancy mall (not that se ever has, or will do this).

 
At 11/30/2005 2:46 PM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

Last time I felt that thrill it was before a school or camp performance. The togetherness, comraderie, excitement, anticipation.... being part of a group.

 
At 11/30/2005 5:49 PM, Blogger ClooJew said...

Not to sound like a right-wing dweeb, lulei demistafina, but the Siyum Hashas was like that.

And, oh yes! Who can forget all of Israel greeting Natan Sharansky at the Kotel when he was released from the Soviet gulag.

 
At 11/30/2005 5:50 PM, Blogger Littleredridinghoodie said...

MH,
Thanks sweetie, I am sure if you think about it for a bit you can conjure up some imagery of your own, as well. Inspiration, that is what we all need that muse to come along and lift us out of our rut and set us free... like that penny stock hitting a dollar or a letter in the mail that you are the benefactor of a class action suite that you did not start... that might get you started... What happened to your blog? I have been looking forward to another great post?

 
At 12/01/2005 5:16 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

TRK; this summer before the disengagement, there was an atzeret tefilla at the Kotel. It was packed all the way to Sha'ar Yaffo. There were easily more than 200,000 people. And we all said Shma together.

You want something to send a tingle down your spine of unity and togetherness? That was it. When more than 200,000 Jews were saying Ani Maamin together, and being Mikabel Ol Malchut Shamayim, THAT was one of the most spiritual events I can recall.

 
At 12/03/2005 10:44 PM, Blogger dietgarage said...

you forget the part of the game where the drunk behind you spits on your neck abd you drink from a beer that is NOT yours and then you trip and tumble into the lap of a horny teenage boy..... and then you drop 40 bucks on crap they sell with a stupid emblem on it... (and yo uleave with an "experience" and a smile)

 

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