The Yiddish Devil in the Golden City

The Yiddish Devil In The Golden City

The Yiddish Devil in the Golden City

In 1937, the Dybuk, an ancient legend of a ghost who takes possession of a person’s body, became a famous Yiddish movie. In the movie, Leah’s lover, Hanan, dies of grief when she is betrothed to another man against her will. After Hanan’s death, Leah invites his soul to enter her body – which he does, joyfully. The town is horrified that Leah is possessed by a dybuk, but, in a triumph of true love over religious tradition, the Rebbe is unable to banish the dybuk from Leah.

 The Sala-Manca art group revitalized the movie, screening it with a new score they commissioned, based on the symphony, “The Moldau”, which served as the melodic inspiration for Israel’s national anthem. The music was performed live by the Jerusalem Street Orchestra, and the screening took place at Hansen House, a former lepers’ compound.

Does this sound complicated? Of course! It is layers upon layers of Jewish history, combined into one magical evening. But luckily, you don’t need to miss out on the enchantment –there are showings at 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm tonight, if you, too, wish to be possessed.