Chag HaSigd

For thousands of years Ethiopian Jews preserved an Jewish ancient holiday mentioned in the book of Ezra, called Chag Hasigd, or the holiday of prayer. This holiday is celebrated fifty days after Yom Kippur, and is ushered in with fasting and prayer for the return to Jerusalem. In Etheopia, Jews gathered on a tall mountain and faced Jerusalem, as the Kessim, or Rabbis read from the Torah. Todah this holiday is celebrated in Jerusalem, overlooking the Temple mount.

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