HappY Shavuot!

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.

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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? mail044.gif

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. sleepani1.gif

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?

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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. angel.gif

Sending with a pound of cheesecake to my friends at Outside the Beltway, Blog @ MoreWhat.com, Perri Nelson’s Website, The Random Yak, DeMediacratic Nation, Adam’s Blog, Big Dog’s Weblog, Webloggin, The Amboy Times, The Bullwinkle Blog, Conservative Cat, Pursuing Holiness, Diary of the Mad Pigeon, third world county, Wake Up America, stikNstein… has no mercy, Blue Star Chronicles, Pirate’s Cove, Nuke’s news and views, Planck’s Constant, Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker, Dumb Ox Daily News, and Right Voices, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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49 Responses to “HappY Shavuot!”

  1. Dapoppins says:

    My daughter standing next to me says: Ummmm, those are yummy Mama. Not for you, all for me! This was one of my favorite Jewish holidays but I didn’t know this much about it. Just the food and decorating part. And don’t the children go on a parade?

  2. Seth says:

    Brings me awesome memories of my dear, departed grandmother’s blueberry blintzes. Mmmmmm………

  3. Jungle Mom says:

    Thanks for sharing the tradition with us. The food looks great. My mouth was watering. Here we are trying to cook sweets without, sugar, milk, butter, or eggs! Not much happening in the kitchen due to the shortages.

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  5. Panhandle Poet says:

    Did someone say cheesecake??? What about ice cream??!

  6. JR says:

    May we be strengthened in these days…
    May our hearts be open to receive the Word our Father in heaven has given us, for gladness and joy!

  7. Next Stop Lauderdale says:

    This is not fair, I come here and look what I see. I’m supposed to be on a diet. ………stevereenie

  8. bernie says:

    Reading your posts is like eating a cheese blintz with blueberry jam on it.

  9. obob says:

    look’s like my 6th graders will be reading Ruth in the a.m. Thanks for the info. We teach the Old T in 6th

  10. Bullwinkle says:

    I’m the rarest of all Jews, the Texas Jew. We just have tacos and 6-pack of Coors for Shavout. I might add a pecan pie this year to make it extra special.

  11. nanc says:

    a peaceful and happy shavuot to you, woman!

  12. D. Ox says:

    Since I became intolerant of lactose, among other things, I put good NY style cheese cake up there with, well…, use your imagination!
    Blessings on Shavuot!

  13. Incognito says:

    Amen to that Angel!
    Can’t eat dairy either, so… I’ll settle for soy.

  14. Pam says:

    Cheese Blintzes! YUMMY! Thanks for this educational post.

  15. Terry_Jim says:

    Wishing you ‘handfuls on purpose’…
    or plates full of cheesecake, as you desire.

  16. Jack says:

    Chag sameach.

  17. John Kaiser says:

    “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.”

    I love it!

  18. MariesTwoCents says:

    Very Informative, Thank’s Angel :-)

    And yes the Jewish know how to eat, darn it I feel like googleing a Jewish recipie now, I’m hungry!!

  19. OMMAG says:

    Celebrate life!

  20. Gayle says:

    Such a beautiful post, Angel. There is such a tremendous difference between the Muslims and the Jews, isn’t there? It’s perfectly exemplifies the struggle between good and evil, and it certainly is easy for someone who isn’t simple minded to tell which is which!

  21. Fang says:

    I’m up for a blintz!

    Thanks for all your comments at my blog Angel. I really appreciate them.

    God Bless.

    Now time for some Jewish Penicillin (Chicken Soup)

  22. Jack says:

    Basic information on Shavuot.

  23. Christi says:

    Happy Shavuot, Angel – sorry I’m late, it is crazy here. Thanks for explaining your holiday to us. The food looks great and the Book of Ruth is one of my favorites!

  24. brooke says:

    Happy Shavout!

    Dang, if I were Jewish I’d weigh about half a metric ton by now!

  25. freedom now says:

    Hey thanks for the culture lesson. I never heard of the holiday, but I am always willing to celebrate. You might find that I will probably slip away from the all night bible session to perform other nocturnal activities!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Debbie says:

    My diet couldn’t afford to eat all those great foods, unless they were sugar-free. They sure do look good.

    Many folks are not as committed to their faith as they were in earlier years. For some it’s the opposite. They get more faithful as they grow older.

    We should all take a good hard look at our lives, and see what changes need to be made.

    Great post Angel.

  27. DD2 says:

    Happy Shavuot, Angel
    Wow that looks like some good tasting food. One of my favorits is Pickled Herring and Gefilte fish. I hope I spelled it right.

  28. wytammic says:

    Oh my! A holiday that involves cheesecake? Count me in! (I really feel bad for the lactose intolerant here :( )

    Happy Shavuot to you too Angel :)

  29. Veritas says:

    I love it when you put food in your posts. Just looking at those pictures has made my sweet tooth ache.

  30. Layla says:

    Bless you Angel for all you do and this wonderful post!

  31. Big White Hat says:

    Shalom aleichem!

  32. Goat says:

    May the Jewish folks be able to celebrate it for centuries to come! My Christian pryers that it be so, a wonderful holiday to celebrate!As the guy in the big white hat said”Shalom Aleichem”!

  33. daniel says:

    Ahh I got a question..
    You say, ‘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.’
    The Bible in it’s entirety? Or is that the Torah ? I think it was only the 10 commandmenrs that were given on Mount Sinai.

    Sorry to be technical but…

    answers.com- The noun Shavuot has one meaning:

    Meaning #1: (Judaism) Jewish holy day celebrated on the sixth of Sivan to celebrate Moses receiving the Ten Commandments

    NOT the Bible.

    The Jewish ‘Bible’ is not called a Bible, it’s the Torah.

    Daniel

  34. Kate says:

    Now, I’m hungry.

  35. American Crusader says:

    How can any religion that celebrates dairy foods be bad?

    Happy Shavuot to you too Angel

  36. Berty_Mayers says:

    Happy Shavuot! And thanks for the lesson.

    btw – I’m on something of a gender-bender at the moment, so please don’t scream if you visit me.

  37. Perri Nelson says:

    A pound of cheesecake.

    Yummy…

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  40. Layla says:

    Poppin in to say hiya!

  41. Little Miss Chatterbox says:

    I know about some Jewish traditions but this was all new. Thanks for sharing it.

  42. Joe Gringo says:

    Happy Shavout Angel……have a great, safe weekend chica!

  43. Jack says:

    The Jewish ‘Bible’ is not called a Bible, it’s the Torah.

    Actually it is a little more complicated than that. Here is a short excerpt that should help explain things a bit

    The word “Torah” is a tricky one, because it can mean different things in different contexts. In its most limited sense, “Torah” refers to the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. But the word “torah” can also be used to refer to the entire Jewish bible (the body of scripture known to non-Jews as the Old Testament and to Jews as the Tanakh or Written Torah), or in its broadest sense, to the whole body of Jewish law and teachings.
    Written Torah

    To Jews, there is no “Old Testament.” The books that Christians call the New Testament are not part of Jewish scripture. The so-called Old Testament is known to us as Written Torah or the Tanakh.

    This is a list of the books of Written Torah, in the order in which they appear in Jewish translations, with the Hebrew name of the book, a translation of the Hebrew name (where it is not the same as the English name), and English names of the books (where it is not the same as the Hebrew name). The Hebrew names of the first five books are derived from the first few words of the book. The text of each book is more or less the same in Jewish translations as what you see in Christian bibles, although there are some occasional, slight differences in the numbering of verses and there are some significant differences in the translations.

    TORAH (The Law):

    * Bereishith (In the beginning…) (Genesis)
    * Shemoth (The names…) (Exodus)
    * Vayiqra (And He called…) (Leviticus)
    * Bamidbar (In the wilderness…) (Numbers)
    * Devarim (The words…) (Deuteronomy)

    NEVI’IM (The Prophets):

    * Yehoshua (Joshua)
    * Shoftim (Judges)
    * Shmuel (I &II Samuel)
    * Melakhim (I & II Kings)
    * Yeshayah (Isaiah)
    * Yirmyah (Jeremiah)
    * Yechezqel (Ezekiel)
    * The Twelve (treated as one book)
    o Hoshea (Hosea)
    o Yoel (Joel)
    o Amos
    o Ovadyah (Obadiah)
    o Yonah (Jonah)
    o Mikhah (Micah)
    o Nachum
    o Chavaqquq (Habbakkuk)
    o Tzefanyah (Zephaniah)
    o Chaggai
    o Zekharyah (Zechariah)
    o Malakhi

    KETHUVIM (The Writings):

    * Tehillim (Psalms)
    * Mishlei (Proverbs)
    * Iyov (Job)
    * Shir Ha-Shirim (Song of Songs)
    * Ruth
    * Eikhah (Lamentations)
    * Qoheleth (the author’s name) (Ecclesiastes)
    * Esther
    * Daniel
    * Ezra & Nechemyah (Nehemiah) (treated as one book)
    * Divrei Ha-Yamim (The words of the days) (Chronicles)

    Written Torah is often referred to as the Tanakh, which is an acrostic of Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim.

    You can find more here.

  44. sayitlikeitis says:

    Thanks for all the info about this chag. You r a well spring of knowledge.

  45. Angel says:

    WOW..THANKS SO MUCH ALL OF YAZ FOR THE SWEET WONDERFUL COMMENTS AND WISHES! :)

  46. Kevin says:

    Happy Shavuot! Yet another Jewish holiday that my evil brother in law failed to mention to us.

  47. Debbie says:

    Angel, have a wonderful weekend. We’re having company, so posting and visiting friends may be slow this weekend and next week.

    I hope you got all your painting finished.

  48. michael says:

    Thanks…
    enjoy the cheesecake. my wife made a cheese&sour cream noodle kugel. good stuff…

  49. DL says:

    Angel,

    I gained five pounds just thinking about those blintzes!