Holy War

Interview by Arthur Bondar

The grave of rabbi Nahman from Breslov in Uman, Ukraine is one of the biggest holy place of Hasidism in the world. Every year almost 20 000 Hasidim come here from all over the world to pray during celebration of Rosh Hashana At the same time boys are playing at war and shoot each other. It is a paradise for them because in Israel is strictly prohibited to give children guns even if it is a toy.
 

 

The ritual of praying around the lake and throwing stones in the water. It means that they throw out all their sins.


 

A man has a speech about God before people arrive for prayer.

 

People cover their head, pray and read Psalms.

 

All the boys play with plastic guns, pistols and rifles. It is a paradise for them because in Israel is strictly prohibited to give children guns even if it is a toy.

 

A lot of Hasidim rent or buy apartments in the area specially to come at this day. Men read Psalms and pray during Rosh Hashana.

 

Two Hasidim are watching how children pack out a new plastic gun, that their parents just bought them.

 

People pray and have a rest around the lake while children play with plastic guns.

 

Boys looking at the water and boats holding plastic guns in their hands.

 

Boys looking at the water and boats holding plastic guns in their hands.