"You Shall Rejoice in Your Festival": Why the General Assembly is Holy Ground
Publication Date: January 1999
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Community Formation; History; Communal Organization; Religion
The author discusses the parallels between ancient Jewish festival gatherings in Jerusalem and modern meetings of the Jewish community, such as the annual conference of the United Jewish Communities. He suggests that Jewish continuity requires us to see modern gatherings in the light of the past, how the Atlanta Marriott Marquis can serve a function similar to the holy Temple in Jerusalem, and how wherever Jews gather to share their bounty and their fellowship becomes holy ground.