Happy Shavuot!

Posted By: admin on May 14, 2013 in Centerscene

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Shavuot, the Feast of the Weeks, is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel. “Shavuot” is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and refers to the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which occurs 7 weeks after Passover. This ancient Jewish festival, like many other Jewish holidays, began as an agricultural celebration marking the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life. It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot. Some derive the practice directly from scripture, saying we eat dairy to symbolize the “land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8) promised to the Israelites, or that “milk and honey are under your tongue” (Song of Songs 4:11). These passages, along with, “The precepts of the Lord are… sweeter than honey” (Psalm 19:9-11), also indicate we should eat honey, which is customary in some communities.

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