Guiding questions for “Nikbat HaShiloach”
- Are there any places in the world that you feel have an intrinsic power, holiness, specialness?
- Have you ever visited a place that left you transformed in any way?
- Have you ever visited anywhere in Israel with a similar concerned expectation of self-transformation?
Kobi Oz undergoes a powerful experience in the waters, yet in the end he emerges more or less unchanged. Some talk of a visit to Israel as an “immersion” into an intense and overwhelming Jewish experience, yet on return to their Jewish life in the Diaspora – outside of the inspiring “waters” of the Jewish State – they find it difficult to reach such poetic heights.
- Is this similar or different to your feeling on leaving Israel?
Kobi Oz considers four motivating factors for why he visits Nikbat HaShiloach: Meglomania, Anthropology, Guilt, and a feeling that his life is dirty.
- What reason might you offer yourself for visiting Jerusalem?
How would you say this song sees the connection between the biblical Land of Israel and the modern State of Israel?
How would you say the song expresses the connection between a spiritual Jerusalem, and the humdrum day-to-day Jerusalem (Yerushalayim shel maalah, Yerushalayim shel matah)?