Threading Stones: An Elul Tradition

  • July 2, 2024 2:00 PM
  • July 9, 2024 2:00 PM
  • July 16, 2024 2:00 PM
  • July 23, 2024 2:00 PM
  • July 30, 2024 2:00 PM
  • August 6, 2024 2:00 PM

Prepare yourself for Elul and the High Holy Days by learning an ancient tradition, rarely taught by those who have practice in this tradition.

For generations, Jewish women in Eastern Europe utilized threads to measure cemeteries and graves. These threads were used to create special soul candles known asneshome likht**, or sometimes as protective bands worn on wrists, ankles, or necks. Typically overseen by skilled women calledfeldmesterins, activities such asfeldmestn(cemetery measuring) andkneytlekh leygn(laying wicks) were most prevalent during Elul to prepare soul candles for Yom Kippur.**

In this Ritualwell Immersion program, you will be guided on how to carry out these rituals based on translated Yiddish ethnographic studies and memoirs. The session will include teaching Yiddish songs, recitingtkhines**(Yiddish prayers), and reading poems, some of which are focused on this ritual. Delving into the history of this tradition will shed light on how cemeteries were perceived inshtetlsociety, serving as a means to communicate with the deceased and seek their assistance. At the end of this Immersion, you will be able to host a cemetery measuring event in Elul or any other time of the year.**

This Immersion is open for all! If you are intrigued by Yiddish, Jewish, or local history; eager to explore overlooked folklore and protective practices; or seeking new avenues to connect with your ancestors; if you are a Jewish educator, spiritual leader, or community members interested in leading this program during the month of Elul at their local cemeteries: You are welcome to join us!

Want to learn more?Watch this short video!

Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 2024

2-3:30 p.m. EDT