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Dylan and the Jews

Dylan on Tour

How much can we find out about Dylan's religous situation from his tour dates and set lists?

Here's one attempt:

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sunset and end at sunset, making them begin the evening before their calendar date.

Fall Tour 1995

Dylan began the tour the evening of Sept. 27, the day after the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which began the evening of Sept. 24 and ran through Sept. 25-26.

While he rehearsed on the 25th and the 26th, he did not play at all on the 24th.

Dylan similarly broke for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which was the night of Oct.3 and day of Oct.4, taking both days off.

Dylan also broke for Oct.8 -- the first night of the Sukkot holiday -- and Oct.17, the night of Simchat Torah.

If Dylan were still Orthodox, he would have taken off for the second night of Sukkot, and the night before Simchat Torah -- but he also wouldn't be playing on Friday nights.

Not a bad show of holiday spirit.

Still, In the Garden stands as the strongest argument that Dylan has not decisively abandoned Christianity. Interestingly, In the Garden was featured on the Oct. 6 set list -- the second post-Yom Kippur concert -- as part of a set which included several religious songs, including Every Grain of Sand, God Knows and Jokerman.

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