Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yom Kippur with Sarah Aunty-A rare Ocassion

On the evening of 27th sep 2009( 9th tishri ) the Cochin Jews observed the day of Attonement -“Yom Kippur”, wearing white clothes and carrying their bags of books to be read in the time of Yom Kippur service and they walked through the Jew street, this evening was a rare scenery to me. Today when I went to Sarah auntie’s house there she was reciting the prayer I wished her and entered the home.
There Thaha was setting the special oil lamp known as “Talmeed” (which means “always” as told by Sarah aunty), which is lighted in this festival.

he gave me a brief explanation about the setting up of Thameed lamp this consists of a glass cup with “Kundiris” (A brass stand for the cotton thread) at bottom and half of water and then half of Coconut oil, the cotton thread which has a darga pullu (A grass variety used by Hindus for their religious rituals) inside it for reinforcement even one more out side is attached to the kundiris, where the extra grass placed is lighted first.

Sarah aunty explained many stories and traditions followed by them and she had her food and got ready for the Yom Kippur fasting and after she wore white clothes and lighted the Menorah and then the Talmeed lamp.
She took her books and went to the synagogue with the help of her maid Seli chechi. Other members of the community also gathered in the synagogue, there were the members from Ernakulum Jewish community and some foreigners.
I and Thaha went to a heritage Café to have a tea, I ordered for Masala tea which is my favorite, after having it we went back to click more pictures of the synagogue.
The synagogue was also lighted with the candle and this auspicious evening helped me to know more about the Cochin Jews and their traditions.


matt said...

it is more like talmeed, no th

Thoufeek Zakriya said...

Thanks matt i had cleared the mistake as per your valuable guidance

matt said...

your work is amazing. Do you sell it and do you ship to the US? I love your blessing for the house

Thoufeek Zakriya said...

Thank you Matt , for your compliments.i can do it for you and which one you need and the value which you see to it mail me to.
take care.