May 28, 2009, - 1:15 pm
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 my movie reviews and some other columns and blog posts about newsworthy and pop culture events, which will be posted in my absence tomorrow. (The holiday ends at nightfall, Saturday Night.) So, while I won’t be here in actuality, I’ll be here in spirit and print, and, as usual, you will see new things here (even in my absence) that you won’t read elsewhere.
To my Jewish friends and readers, Chag Shavuot Sameach [a Happy Shavuot Holiday]. To everyone else, the holiday is basically, 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 (Torah) study, and we eat dairy foods. Women can stay up all night, too, and some liberal Jewish women do. But since we’re not obligated and I’m not a feminist, I take (and enjoy) my non-obligations very seriously.
To learn more about the holiday, go here and here.
In the meantime, I still have plenty of other stuff to put up today. Stay tuned and keep yourselves posted. Again, you won’t notice I’m gone, as tomorrow, 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.