Snapshot: Pilgrimage meets politics
There is more to this photograph than the cynicism of the Shas election campaign; it is also rife with disparities between banality and festivity, and between wealth and poverty.
There is a pervasive loneliness in this photograph by Amir Cohen, taken on the fringes of the annual pilgrimage in memory of the Baba Sali in the Negev town of Netivot. This year, the pilgrimage fell on January 14, and for Baba Baruch, the sage’s son and successor, it was, as always, a platform for political wheeling and dealing. Shas leaders spoke at the event, and more than they endorsed the Baba, he endorsed...
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