August 14th, 2010
04:11 PM ET

In Jerusalem, a Woodstock redux concert

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CNN Internationa's Michael Schwartz filed this video and report from Jerusalem:

The Woodstock Revival Concert seemed like the perfect place to introduce her five-year-old son to Rock n Roll. So why was one woman feeling so uncomfortable wearing a Grateful Dead t-shirt? Maybe it was because she had never experienced a live Dead performance or maybe because the Woodstock graduates standing next to her were her parent's age.

Abigail Yasgur, a cousin of Max Yasgur, the New York farmer who lent his land to the legendary 1969 concert, was at the Woodstock Revival Concert in Jerusalem earlier this month. Co-author of the book Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story, she said that her cousin "said yes when every other farmer and every other person around his hometown said no."

"That encapsulates a value we feel strongly about which is saying yes in creating opportunities its sort of also an Abraham and Sarah idea to keep your tent door open and say yes when strangers want to come in," Yasgur said, arguing that the concert exemplified certain biblical values.

Her husband and co-author, Joseph Lipner, added, "There is also the Jewish idea of repairing the world which was a big value of the Woodstock generation and really I think that influenced Max in allowing these people on his land. He opened it up to kids who had ideals and big ideas and wanted to have fun and peace and love."

Lofty ideas, considering Yasgur's and Lipner's book is intended for nursery school age children.

The woman wearing the concentric-circled tie dye T-shirt leafed through the pages of “Max said Yes” and smiled at the images. Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan revisiting Highway 61, where God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son," as the song goes, was not a good place to introduce a new generation to rock n roll.

But Sarah and Abraham welcoming guests into their tent made more sense. "I suppose the sex and drugs can wait," she chuckled to herself.

The T-shirt, with the spiral of multi-colored gummy bears marching from her chest into her soul, felt a little more comfortable.

- CNN Belief Blog

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