Shabbat is here

During Shabbat, the normal hustle of the week fades down. You can almost hear the quiet seep through machaneh. It’s a more restful and peaceful time where we relax and rejuvenate ourselves.

Kabbalat Shabbat

Machaneh gathers to listen to Rosh Mosh Avi’s story of the week. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

Shabbat at Mosh is deeply imbedded in tradition. We sing different songs, mostly in Hebrew. We hold hands, sing and walk to the Nof Spot (a grassy area near the MLC) so all of machaneh can fit. We circle around each other, sit, and listen to the Rosh Mosh’s story of the week. We sit where thousands of other Moshniks have sat before — in the same spot, singing, dancing, reflecting, renewing ourselves. It’s quite an invigorating experience.


Amelim and Bogrim Israeli dance. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

The oneg happens every weekend. It can be one shichvah (age group) or a mix of older and younger shichvot. For this Friday’s oneg, the Amelim (9 or 10-year-olds) and Bogrim (14 or 15-year-olds) were joined for the Am-Bo oneg. The chanichim dance, act, sing, and more. We celebrate after each performance with different cheers.

Onegs consist of an Israeli dance, a modern dance, a small makela (small group song), a large makela (large group song), a hatsega (skit), and Project X, which can be anything. The Am-Bo oneg Project X was some of the chanichim walking around in the dark with glow sticks, saying their names in “Finding Nemo” fashion, and when the lights came back on Avi the Rosh appeared on stage, where he hadn’t been before. In the hatsega, the Amelim and madrichim (counselors) switched roles.


Israeli dancing with the whole machaneh. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

One of the best times of Shabbat is rikud (Israeli dancing). All of machaneh dances traditional Israeli dances. There are circle dances, faster dances, slower dances, and line dances. Chanichim learn rikud by joining madrichim (counselors), other chanichim, or through the rikud sa’adnaah (workshop).

Shabbat Shira

We sing songs in Hebrew for Shabbat Shira after dinner on Friday. Photo by Marlena Chertock.

The songs we sing during Shabbat Shira are songs in Hebrew about freedom, love, and happiness. Chanichim (kids) and madrichim (counselors) look on in shironim (song booklets) and sing. Seeing and hearing everyone singing together is very powerful and meaningful.

What was or is your favorite part of Shabbat at Mosh?

Check back for more posts about the rest of Shabbat.


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