Jerusalem Hug - Pics and Video Footage - May 21, 2007
This past Monday thousands of people were expected to gather in one big hug of love around the Old City of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, though, I don’t really think there were several
thousand people who showed up - it seemed more like several hundred to
me - but we still evoked stares and curiosity from passers-by. It was a
touchy-feely type of thing, a truly spiritual experience, and those who
prefer and are used to angry, violent, political demonstrations (which
is just WAY too many people) seemed to stay away.
Most of the day, starting from around 12 noon, people of all
religions, all “types”, young and old (I’m talking from infants to some
incredibly adorable elders who appeared to be in their 80’s or even
90’s), gathered on the luscious, green lawn of Hutzot Hayotzer in
preparation for the historic event. Those hours of preparation proved
to be no less mystical and significant than the “Hug” itself. It was sort
of like Woodstock all over again (only minus the hundreds of thousands
of people and the hallucinative drugs).
These people didn’t need the drugs. Some of them were on that
“natural, spiritual high” that you hear so much about and can only
dream of one day reaching: true ecstasy from a higher level of
consciousness - while all the rest were simply high on life. Most of
the hours were spent making music, singing, dancing, meditating,
practicing capoeira, laughing, smiling and just plain and simple “being”. Oh, and there was hugging. Lots and lots of spontaneous hugging everywhere I looked.
Love was truly in the air. And so was peace, enlightenment and a true and passionate hope for a better world.
Of course, the police were all prepared for the event and were
circling the area with weapons in hand. But they, too, were
occasionally caught smiling to themselves, observing the serene moment,
only to catch themselves in time and keep “doing their jobs”.
At around 5:00 pm, we all set out to circle the Old City, following
the beats of the drums which led us, and gathering curious pedestrians
along the way. Im not going to get into the Hug itself because no words
can describe the sensation you get when you suddenly find yourself One
with the people around you, One with the ancient historic walls, One
with the world, One with the Universe… One with God. You just simply
cannot describe that kind of silence.
Ok, so you might think that all of this is nonsense, or you might
think that we are all wackos for choosing to participate in such an
But I can tell you one thing I now know for sure:
When you hug the beautiful city of Jerusalem - Jerusalem hugs you back.