Working for Cirque Du Soleil one of the amazing perks is getting one complimentary ticket to the show as a visitor. Even though I'm quite familiar with all the acts from also seeing the show through large monitors while working, there is however one act that never ceases to make my heart stop or my mouth run dry every single time I see it. It is an act that takes place in the 2nd part of the show and truth be told, this one act alone is worth the price of the entire ticket. It is an act called "The Wheel of Death" and it has earned its name rightly so.
I've a posted a video of the act here on this blog. You may be tempted to bypass it seeing as the video quality is a little less than what we're used to. But I guarantee you that within 2-3 mins of watching it you'll forget where you are, what you are doing, with your eyes glued to this video with your jaw dropped open. The Wheel of Death is the closest thing you'll ever come to seeing human beings defy the laws of gravity and physics.....
Due to the nature of life being mostly online, most of you out there will never meet me in person. And therefore remain unaware that on my left arm I have some magnificent hebrew words permanently inked into me. For those of you that don't know, Hebrew is read right to left, opposite from how we would read a book.
I may have only one tattoo but it is one that generates alot of conversation especially among Jewish people. In Argentina there is a huge community of Argentines of Jewish descent and I would have people come up to me on the street and say "OMG, you have a hebrew tattoo." They would then identify themselves as Jewish.
At times out in public I'd have people glance at my tattoo and read out the words. The moment that they do that I know for a fact they are Jewish. Once while I was using the hotspring at the hotel at Colca Canyon a family happened to be using it the same time as me and they began staring hard at my tattoo and buzzing about it. Eventually I found out that they are from Israel and were in Peru for a vacation. We got talking and they were very impressed by my knowledge of the Jewish culture, customs, traditions, and festivities.
You don't need to be able to read hebrew in order to know what my tattoo says because I included it in the title of the blogpost......SELAH. OK, so reading is one thing but what does it mean? This word isn't used in modern day hebrew in daily life or conversations so to understand it we have to go to ancient hebrew. Scolars have come to the conclusion that they believe selah (pronunced see-lah) to mean "pause and wait"