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Sigd: The Zionist Act of Black Jews

The festival of Sigd, absolutely specific for Black Jews wich comes on the 29th of the month of Cheshvan is 50 days after Yom Kippur. It is a day of fasting, where we pray for the rebuilding of the Temple and in honor ofthe climb to Israel, until sunset, where a great feast is made. This festival symbolizes the gift of the Torah on Mount Sinai, thus playing a role analogous to the meaning of Shavuot in Rabbinic Judaism.This year it will be celebrated on 16.11.2017 together with the worldwide Zionist movement celebrates its 120th anniversary (first Zionist Congress, 1897). Sigd is an important holiday for black Jews in Israel. It is also called "Mahala" which means "supplication". In Ethiopia, it was customary to start preparations for the festival several days before.
The inhabitants of the remote villages gathered in the big Jewish villages where the events of the party and were hosted by their parents or local residents to organize a mass rally. 
2017 is also 100 years of the Balfour Declaration, 70 years of the UN sharing resolution, 50 years of reunification of Jerusalem, 40 years of President Sadat’s visit ...and 2018 will be the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

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