Shavuot

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May 30, 2013

From reading the Book of Ruth to eating cheese blintzes Shavuot is the holiday commemorating God’s giving of the Torah to the ancient Israelites at Mount Sinai. It also is known as the Feast of Weeks and is observed on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan. The festival is one of the CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Shavuot marks the anniversary of the “giving of the Torah.” It was at this time that God revealed himself on Mount Sinai and gave Moses the Ten Commandments. The Torah is said to be “as nutritious as milk and as sweet as honey,” because so many foods consist of dairy dishes and perhaps a touch CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

In the 16th century, the mystics of Safed revitalized Shavuot observance with a brilliant form of adult education – an intellectual seder called “tikkun layl Shavuot.” They put together a selection of the entire Jewish tradition that could be studied in one night. In an age of sound bites, an all night test is too CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

In addition to being a singer, and imagining himself an actor, Elvis Presley spent a great deal of time serving as his own interior decorator. At his Memphis home, visitors are invited to admire (if you’re an Elvis fan), or just tolerate (if you’re not), his “jungle room.”CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

From the second night of Pesach (Passover) to Shavuot, the next festival, there are exactly fifty days, seven full weeks linked by a ritual called S’firat ha-Omer, Counting the Omer (named for an offering brought to the priests as the Temple in Jerusalem at this time of year). In a sense, then, Pesach is not CONTINUE »