I always like to keep my peeps informed when there is something special to celebrate..and tonight we start a biggie...
The holiday is called SHAVUOT (sha-VOO-oat)
it occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). Remember...Judaism uses the lunar calender when it comes to figuring out holidays !
and how did we arrive at this particular date:
Well...first you need to know about the Omer.
'Counting of the Omer' is a verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot. The idea of counting each day represents spiritual preparation and anticipation for the giving of the Torah.
Since it's a festival holiday..and it involves wheat harvesting and first fruits...we eat a lot of dairy, like milk, cheese, cheescake, blintzes, cheese ravioli...etc.
Tonight at my temple we'll be celebrating with just such foods (then it's back to Weight Watchers!!). Many religious Jews also decorate their homes with leafy branches, plants and flowers. I say ANY excuse for plants and flowers is okay by me.
Plus, we read from The Book of Ruth...
you know the "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God"....etc
I was always pretty partial to the biblical epic movie from 1960 with Elana Eden and Stuart Whitman...
but, then again I've confessed before about my fascination with biblical epics...no matter what religion they're based on !!
anyway...if you are Jewish (or anyone who celebrates Shavuot) then I wish you
Chag Sameach (KHAHG sah-MEHY-ahkh)