June 7, 2011, - 6:08 pm

In Observance of the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot (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, and it is the holiday on which we read the Book of Ruth, about the woman who is probably the most famous convert to Judaism.


Though I’ll be away, 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, I’ll still 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. As I’ve noted previously, women can also stay up all night, 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. And I still have one or two more things before I steal away.

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8 Responses

Does this mean you aren’t picking me up at DTW whilst wearing something tight?

A1 on June 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

That’s funny, considering I’ve been to DTW several times in the past decade. NOT!!!

NormanF on June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

G-d Bless. And thank you, for mentioning the story of Ruth. And g-d bless for knowing what is a real woman, for having the strength that a normal woman could not imagine.

bill on June 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

“It is the holiday on which we read about the woman who is probably the most famous convert to Judaism.”

Wow! I would never have guessed that Nikki Ziering played such an important role in the old testament.


Irving on June 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Happy Shavuot to Debbie and all the Jewish readers on this site.

JeffE on June 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Sorry to invade this post but I thought Schlussel might find this interesting:

Yesterday was June 5th, the first day of the commemoration of the Naksah. On the ceasefire lines, there were ‘clashes’, as the press will euphemistically call them. In Lebanon, in Gaza, all across the West Bank … and on the line of control between Syrian and Israeli forces. There, 23 human beings, unarmed, were killed by the occupiers’ guns and hundreds wounded.– Gay Muslim blogger Amina Arraf, June 5th.

DAMASCUS–A female blogger has been abducted by armed men in the Syrian capital, Damascus, relatives and activists say. – Daily News, June 7th

This is what we would call Irony, isn’t it? I wonder if Amina knew she could be openly gay in Israel.

Being openly gay in Syria is illegal and carries a punishment of at least three years in jail, according the the U.N. Refugee Agency


Bruce on June 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

It’s important to notice, in Jewish and Christian traditions, how women are often revered for their spiritual and intellectual attributes; while, in Islam, they are considered corrupting creatures who need to be covered up.

Rick on June 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

You forgot to mention the basis for this holiday.

Shavuos is the day that G-d gave the Torah to the Jews on Mount Sinai (the mountain not the hospital) 3323 years ago.

Good Yom Tov to all.

The Commissioner on June 10, 2011 at 4:23 am

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