Shavuot, which means “weeks”, is one of three Pilgrim Festivals..along with Passover and Sukkot… in the Jewish calendar.
It celebrates the giving of the Bible (and Ten Commandments), the foundation of Jewish law.
Originally, Shavuot was a time of bringing the first fruits of harvest to Jerusalem.
This was meant as a show of gratitude and thanks.
Special customs include the reading of the Book of Ruth, which serves to remind us that we too can find a continual source of blessing in our tradition.
A lil reminder never hurt, did it sweet friends?
Another tradition includes staying up all night long to study the Bible, which indicates that we are always ready and awake to receive the teachings of the Bible.
That’s right…allllllllllllll night…no nyquil..no NO Doz..Heh.
There exists a stunning custom of decorating the synagogue with flowers and greens, because of the vegetation on Mt. Sinai, where the Bible was given.
Traditionally, dairy dishes are served…cheese cake, cheese blintzes,(crepes)..mmmmmmmm…… to symbolize the sweetness of the Bible, as well as Israel: the “land of milk and honey”.
Dang, Jews sure know how to eat…can u say yummmmmmmmmmmm?
Some mystics believe that at midnight the heavens open and favorably receive the study, and prayers of those who remain awake all night on the anniversary of the Revelation.
Legend has it that wishes are fulfilled at that moment.
Moroccan Jews actually believed that staying up all night guaranteed you life for the next year.
Sooo..Happy Shavuot to those celebrating!………and prayers for redemption and peace for all of us.
If your day began in chaos, then finish it with tranquility and peace. Stop, pray and …….hey…….enjoy your day.
I will make my rounds to see y’all soon as I get a few seconds to squeeze together.
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