WITH ALL BEST WISHES
Posted 1 June 2006on:
MARC CHAGALL 1956-58
MOSES RECEIVING THE TABLETS OF THE LAW
This evening begins the festival of Shavuot. In Israel they celebrate for one day, but in the diaspora (outside of Israel) we celebrate for two days. This festival has its roots in the rituals of the agricultural year. It takes place exactly seven weeks after the Passover and the word, Shavuot, means weeks. Shavuot occurs at the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat season. This commemorates the time when the offerings from the harvest were presented at the Temple. It is also called Chag Habikkurim, the festival of first fruits.Shavuot, also known by the Greek word Pentecost, is the time when the Jews were given the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) on Mount Sinai. The Torah is at the heart of Jewish culture and belief. The Ten Commandments and the Book of Ruth are read in the Synagogue which, on this festival, is decorated with flowers, as it is believed that Mount Sinai was bedecked with flowers when the Torah was given to the Jewish people.
It is customary to eat dairy food at Shavuot. We believe this is because before the Torah was given, the Jewish people were not yet familiar with the laws and rituals of Kashrut, of separating meat and milk, and were not equipped to observe the new laws. It is also thought to be as a reminder of the promise regarding the Land of Israel, a land flowing with “milk and honey.”
Yesterday I made my very naughty, fattening, high cholesterol and high calorie cheesecake … is there any other way to enjoy it … yummy.I am sorry there is no Boaz, but for some reason that only blogger probably knows, I couldn’t download his pics.
I know this is a little early, but I wish you all a lovely weekend and for those of my faith, Shabbat Shalom v’Chag Sameach.