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Carnival by Night: A New Practice of Modern Tikkun Rituals / קרנבל לילי: פרקטיקה חדשה של טקסי תיקון מודרניים

ענת פלדמן and Anat Feldman
Democratic Culture / תרבות דמוקרטית
Vol. 13 (תשע"א / 2011), pp. 181-211
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24143967
Page Count: 31
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Carnival by Night: A New Practice of Modern Tikkun Rituals / קרנבל לילי: פרקטיקה חדשה של טקסי תיקון מודרניים
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Abstract

The article deals with the reinvention of nightly tikkun ceremonies by the "X-Ray" Rabbi-Ya'akov Israel Ifargan — at the Netivot cemetery. Tikkun ceremonies are mystical kabalistic ceremonies that are intended to resolve personal and community problems. They have standard prayers and times, and are conducted by students at synagogues. In contrast, Ifargan's tikkun ceremonies are a reorganization of crowd politics in which mystics and sorcery play an important role. Ifargan invented a tikkun ceremony with a kabalistic framework, but its content is similar to pagan and Christian ceremonies. The components of such tikkun ceremonies are: strong fire, which is ignited and fed only by Ifargan, using thousands of candles; the singing by many which ostensibly causes thunder, angels and saints to descend from the sky in order to create personal miracles among the community of believers.

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