May 18, 2010, - 6:55 pm

Observing Shavuot/Pentecost, the Jewish Festival of Weeks

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 very current newsworthy stuff in advance, which will be posted in my absence. (The holiday ends at nightfall, Thursday 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. It pays not to be a feminist.

To learn more about the holiday, go here and here.

Stay tuned and keep yourselves posted. Again, you won’t notice I’m gone, as tomorrow, new, unique stuff will be up right here on this site.

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38 Responses

this is a christian country, get out jew

fuck you on May 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Very classy. And how appropriate for low class Jew-hating scum like you!


    NormanF on May 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    You are an ass and don’t deserve the air you breathe.

    Fred on May 19, 2010 at 9:13 am

    There would not be a CHRISTIAN nation if it was not for the Jews, you moron. Jesus is a Jew! May G-d Bless and Keep all Jews forever.

    Mike on May 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    You are an absolute idiot. Jesus has a place for you.

    Thomas on May 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

You seem like a very intelligent person…What is up with all the blatantly obvious, and unquestionable hatred? Are you one of those, “either you’re with me, or you’re against me” people? The way you’ve spouted your anti-arab hatred is such a shame. I served this country proudly and put my life on the line in Iraq twice so people could have the freedom to express their views. That means that you have every right to hate the way you do, and to say such ridiculous things, but it also means I have the right to speak out against it and express myself as well.

Andres Spivey on May 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    We have a right to hate evil. And Islam in the news is associated with the worst atrocities in recent memory.

    Look it up!

    NormanF on May 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm

The left shows their colors again. The first and secon replies. Not surprising, Hitler was a socialist.

Not a socialist but another Jewish Republican on May 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Chag Shavuot Sameach, Debbie!
Thank you for always posting about our holidays. You are a blessing. And about the idiot who left the other comment; I am willing to bet, he/she is no Christian!
Have a lovely holiday!

Nora on May 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Happy Shavout, to Debbie and other Jewish readers here.

Keep up the good work, Debbie!

JeffE on May 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Happy Shavout, Debbie and others people of the Jewish Faith. Enjoy your holidays as you deserve a much needed break from the constant extreme over the top remarks hurled towards you the last few days. On the bright side, all the threats and venom only validate those that study the religion of ‘peace” for what it really is.

soyphobia on May 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Happy Shabout to you Debbie and all observant Jews. Many blessings!

Jon on May 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I meant Happy Shavout. Sorry for the misspelling.

Jon on May 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Shavuot, even! LOL!

Jon on May 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

this is america . go celebrate your holiday in israel . and what is that holiday sharmouta stands for ?

rick snyder on May 19, 2010 at 12:49 am


kill jews on May 19, 2010 at 1:59 am

    You’ll never amount to anything you Ebn El Sharmoota! And while you’re at it Anta kalbee!

    I own you!


    NormanF on May 19, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Hi. I am a Christian and I was studying up on the festival of Weeks because it falls on the day of Pentecost and I am teaching Biblical Celebrations to my Bible Study Class. I happened to read these belated pst and comments and I would just like to comment on Anti-semitism… I am not sure what faith you claim if any, but the Holy Bible states that the only reason gentiles (foriegners, which is any one other than native Israelites) are offered God’s mercy is because his chosen people, (Jews) passed it on to us. Jesus is a Jew, and Christianity is a branch of Judaism. The Lord said that if we curse Abraham, we will be cursed. If we add to their suffering, we will suffer. Please think about that. We are not called to hate anyone, and the Jewish people are God’s chosen. They always were, always will be. May God soften your heart and ease your anger and hatred.

    Tracy on May 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Can any one please elucidate me as to why so many muslims around the globe in like 30 or 40 countries are sooo stupid and backward and draining to the world at large? jews make business and industry, literature, science, sports, entertainment and so fourth flourish in every land they set foor in…and muslims basically dirty up everywhere they go…
americans came here what 235 years ago and already have a $14 trillion economy, been to Mars and back like 6 times, the Hubbell, split the atom like 65 years ago, produce like 7/8 of the worlds feedgrains, cured diseases,invented the internet and on and on..the average arab hasnt been 3km past his doorstep, they beat their women into putty, circumsise their young daughters, sell liquor out of their trunks, yet still blindly follow their little bearded uneducated mullas allowing them to poison their little brains with the ebola called islam following the false child molesting, rapist copycat me-too prophet mamud…why is there only one son of hamas musab hassan yousef to tell the world the truth about islam…why? im serious? tell me islamists because maybe its just me but you all seem particularly underrepresented in the Nobel prize category and the rest of your day to day activities are really backward and draining the world and contributing very little to humanity….

hill billy on May 19, 2010 at 2:54 am

You are an embarrassment to America and the Jewish religion. You represent everything Judiasm stands against, and how dare you make reference to a jewish Holiday in your racist, hatred-filled, ignorant, pathetic blog. As a member of the Jewish community, please take this down and stop preaching hate. You might be making money off of it, but it’s not doing anyone any good besides your greedy bank account.

It’s a shame you feel so insecure about yourself and your own religious beliefs that you rely on putting others down to validate your own insecurities. You’re nothing more than a self-hating bigot, and I hope that you can live with yourself.

Reading your blog is not worth anyone’s time, and you do nothing but reinforce the hatred and ignorance that gives fuel to anti-semitism and racism around the world. You might be enjoying making revenue as you shock your readers yet with another untrue lie about how you hate muslims, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that the real America can’t see right through your lies and games. You might call yourself businesswoman, but in the 21st century there’s no room for your hate.

I hope you can look at yourself in the mirror in the morning. I feel terrified for your kids, who are going to be raised by such a scathing, hating bigot. It should be a crime for such ignorant, idiotic people like you to raise children. May God protect their poor souls.

Concerned Housewife's Honest Response on May 19, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Its sooo sad for people to see evil for what it truly is! This is a classic example of what’s called attacking the messenger. And it won’t change what Islam is and what we can expect from it in the future.

    Wake the heck up!

    NormanF on May 19, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Ah STFU you phony! And I don’t think your even jewish, if your jewish, your the type of jews who would sellout your own people Adolf Hitler and his “National Socialist Party/Nazi Party” during the holocaust in order to live to see another day?

    And for you to say that DS needs to take this column down, you are a phucking fascist, she has EVERY right to express her viewpoints about the jewish holiday or any issues on this blog and you CANNOT shut nobody up in this country, this is her blog and your a vistor/guest. And I also assume that your also a self-hating jew and also a self-hating American as well? And your the one who’s the embarrassment of the jewish people, NOT Debbie Schlussel. And I also bet that your a fan of Larry David, right?

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on August 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

When you read the Torah and the Koran, you realize there isn’t much difference in their preachings. There is nothing wrong about committing any atrocities against Christians. In fact it is encouraged. Just think how peaceful this world would be if all the jews and muslims would just kill each other. Every conflict or war in history had something to do with the jews. And the muslims are just so f–king stupid and want a slice of the pie.

Mike on May 19, 2010 at 8:23 am

    The moral equivalence meme. WOW. Who has been avoiding fighting wars for years in the Middle East? ONE GUESS? And who has been spreading jihad to all the corners of the earth? If you think about, that fact alone renders your invalid comparison absurd.

    RIF. Go and read the truth about the differences between Judaism and Islam. Its very enlightening.


    NormanF on May 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

Happy Shavout, Debbie and others people of the Jewish Faith. Enjoy your holidays !
Don’t worry if some think that you are an embarrassment, you
are honest & not hidding what you think as some ppl do
just to avoid trouble, you are a good fighter.
Your critics on news give awareness & ppl should appreciate
the freedom of speech,in fact some are happy to insult you &
you don’t mind,All the one that don’t agree with you
instead of insulting you, they should show if you are lying.
We all have the right to like or dislike & critic what is going on.The hate is deep & no one can pretend that we
really love each others

Jacqueline Hanna Youssef on May 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

What a stupid comment Mike.

Karen on May 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

Happy Shav…um…trying to spell it…Shavuot, Deb and friends. As a Catholic I admire Judaism immensely, and am very aware that without Judaism there is no Catholicism, so thanks!

Mack Hall on May 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm

happy holidays everyone and especially Debbie! G-ds blessings to you and family. as always, excellent work.

LP on May 20, 2010 at 9:04 am


Deborah on May 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm


Deborah on May 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Very classy of you you stupid neo-nazi white trash. Why don’t you go back to your nazi rallies, better yet, stay on Stormfront, your jew-hatred is NOT wanted and appreciated on this blog you nazi POS!

    And I’m glad Debbie left your hateful and irrational comment on this blog, so all of us the regular readers/posters can read your anti-semitic post and react to it. Now get lost and don’t you dare log onto this website ever again in your miserable, pathetic life. Jackass!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on August 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm


Deborah on May 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    You neo-nazi white-trash, if you would’ve read your “bible” you would’ve known that the “son of man/jesus christ” was originally jewish.

    If you would’ve read your bible, you wouldn’t have written that anti-semitic garbage. As I said to you a minute ago, go back to “Stormfront” or any anti-semitic hateful website on cyberspace. Your hatred for jews or anybody is NOT welcomed here, so get lost and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on August 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Belated Happy Shavuoth to you and yours, even though I don’t agree with all your views.

But remember, organized religion is still the opiate of the masses, although Islamism is more crystal-meth than anything.

And for all the dittoheads in tha house, y’alls… fascism kills, no matter what colour, faith or nationality may you possess.

Shalom and Peace, Out.

The "Reverend" Jacques on May 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

Happy Belated Shavuot to you. I am sorry for the crule nasty remarks. I wish to tell you that I Love you and I thank God for the Jewish people. I am of the christan faith however I respect you and thank you for all the wonderful things the Jewish people have contributed to our world. May God bless and keep you.

Mike on May 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Chag Shavuot Sameach ,

To all Hebraic-Christians,who also observe today’s festival. We shouldn’t be left out.

Beloved on May 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Ms. Schlussel,
I discovered this post while looking for information on Shavuot. I’m preparing a short lecture on the disruptive nature of G-d in human affairs.
After seeing the hate poured out towards you, I imaginined your blog might be something of interest to me. I took a quick look around and found many items of note. I have added your blog to my feed reader. Thank you for the effort you put into this site.

James A Woods on May 25, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I’ve always confused “Pentecost” with the Christian “Pentecost”. Could somebody please help clear up my confusion?

David on February 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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