I wasn't in Tapu'ah this Shabbath. In fact, I haven't been in Tapu'ah five Shabbathoth in a row. But, that's another story for another time....
Coming back this Motz"Sh (Saturday night) I got to Tapu'ah Junction at around 10:00 pm, and waited for a tremp up the hill.
I was worried about getting a ride due to the girls waiting before me. But, I actually didn't have to wait very long before my buddy Yitzhaq and I got chauffeured up to town by fellow "settlers" from the city of Qedumim. Following us were a haredi kid from Jerusalem and another boy with the standard, big, floppy kippah and paiyos.
As you might have guessed, our ride was full of people headed for the Melaveh Malkah, at the Beth Kenesseth Merkazi, featuring Bini Landau in concert and Tapu'ah's famous, spicey chollent.
Over the last year, the Melaveh Malkah in K'far Tapu'ah has become a regular Motz"Sh destination for locals, as well as Jerusalemites, B'nei Braqians, and Hilltop youth from all over.
The religious and heimish (homey) atmosphere provides a great environment for teens and adults of all ages to "hang out" on a Saturday night. That it's a better environment for kids than Jerusalem's Kikkar Tzion (Zion Square) is an understatement.
Often 10 to 30 guests come for the full Tapu'ah Shabbath experience, in addition to the Melaveh Malkah. This includes a Biblical tour and look at what Jews are doing to work the land and Qabbalath Shabbath on our local ma'ahaz (stronghold).
One of the results of the Tapu'ah experience has been the weekly coming together of modern orthodox, haredi, hilltop and secular to celebrate Shabbath.
Every week there are also several guests in attendanc who had never set foot across the so-called "green line," let alone out in the middle of the Shomron, where we are a lot closer to Jordan than to any green lines or other pseudo borders others have in mind for us.
Needless to say, preconceived notions guests bring with them about life in the Shomron are quickly disspelled through the course of the weekend.
This Motz"Sh was the last concert of the season. But, Tapu'ah is expected to continue its Melaveh Malkah concert tradition after Shavu'oth.
Past performers have included Aharon Razel, Aharith HaYamim, Sinai Tor, Rocky Ziegler and his Optimystical band, and the ever popular Dov Shurin.
For more information about next season's concert series, and how you can help support this fantastic event series, contact its coordinator.
Phone: 054-4876709 (from outside of Israel: 972-54-4876709)
More of Bini Landau's music can be heard at MP3music.co.il (Hebrew). More Melaveh Malkah concert videos can be found on the Voice Of Judea's YouTube page.