When you think of Passover, you don’t usually think of bungee jumping, yoga sessions and reggae music.Unless you were at Nitzanim beach, near Ashkelon, this week.
That’s where the ninth annual New Age festival, Boombamela, took place during three intermediate days of Pesach.
Inspired by the Hindu Kumbh Mela festival, Boombamela draws ten of thousands of Israelis, most of them in their 20s, for 18-hour-a-day seminars with imported Indian gurus, performances by rock bands, and nude beaches. And sesame sumo bouts, roller skate courses and karaoke.
The final chapter in the three-decade saga of the rescue of Ethiopian Jews was thought to have been written in August 2008, when the last official airlift landed in Israel. But controversy, charges and counter-charges go on — now focused on the remaining Falash Mura, those Ethiopians who claim to be descendants of converts from Judaism and who seek to make aliyah to Israel.
Some say ignore a report that is overwhelmingly biased against Israel; others argue that we should separate the valid conclusions in the report from the anti-Israel arguments and use them to guide IDF policies in the future.
Still others recommend exposing the report as an anti-Israel fraud.