June 8, 2008, - 6:39 pm

On Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks/Pentecost

By Debbie Schlussel
To my friends and readers, tonight at sundown, the Jewish holiday of Shavuot [“Shah-Voo-Oat”] (also called, Shavuos–in Yiddish), or the “Festival of Weeks,” begins. It is also referred to as “Pentecost,” not to be confused with the Christian “Pentecost.” It is one of the three Jewish harvest festivals.
However, I’ve prepared some blog posts and columns–including an exclusive column (to be posted Tuesday) about a key Al-Qaeda terrorist whose son is a Barack Obama fundraiser and at whose trial I was the ONLY journalist covering it–about newsworthy and pop culture events, which my webmaster will be putting up until the holiday ends on Tuesday Night. So, while I am not here in actuality, I’m here in spirit and print, and I promise you that you will not notice my absence, because you will see new things you won’t read elsewhere.

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So, to my observant Jewish friends, Chag Shavuot Sameach [a Happy Shavuot Holiday], and to everyone else, to learn more about the holiday, go here and here. Basically, the holiday is a celebration of G-d giving the Torah and the Ten Commandments to the Jewish people. On the holiday, men traditionally stay up all night, the first night, in Bible study, and we eat dairy foods.
See ya Tuesday Night, but again, you won’t notice I’m gone, as tomorrow and Tuesday, new, unique stuff–on issues you and I care about and inane pop culture stuff we don’t necessarily care so much about–will be up.

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4 Responses

Chag sameach Debbie…..from Michael and Tamar in Herzliya….and your friends in Israel.

Miluimnik on June 8, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Such a beautiful holiday, Debbie. Have a happy Shavuot.

Jauhara Al-Kafirah on June 9, 2008 at 1:48 am

Went to the sites you suggested. What wonderful traditions. I especially liked how everyone even young and old come and gather to stand at the mountain symbolically.

Hermster on June 9, 2008 at 8:41 am

I see a lot of women stay up too which if they don’t have children to keep them home they should. They were part of giving of the torah, That was the only reason women were exempt to begin with from certain obligations. Not to just stay home because they are too tired and they want to be fresh for their job after Yom Tov. Rabbi’s almost never make leniencies for men anyway which I don’t think is right but that is one of our problems. Rabbi’s only help special interest groups and don’t try to really see what the average guy or gal has to deal with in life. unless you have a lot of money and are connected. Today, you have Jewish women that use the leinancies to basically be a bunch of wimps that don’t even want to celebrate certain holidays.

adam6275 on June 11, 2008 at 9:18 pm

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