May 25, 2012, - 7:16 pm

Jewish Holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost) 2012: To My Friends & Readers

By Debbie Schlussel

Tonight at sundown is the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath, but when it ends at nightfall, Saturday Night, the Jewish holiday of Shavuot [“Shah-Voo-Oat”]–also called, Shavuos–begins until Monday Night. So, while we will all be observing Memorial Day and our brave soldiers who gave their lives in service to America, I will also be celebrating the Jewish holiday and have prepared my Memorial Day posting in advance.


Shavuot is the Jewish “Festival of Weeks.” 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.

To my Jewish friends and readers, Chag Shavuot Sameach [a Happy Shavuot Holiday]. To everyone else, 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 (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 as a chick very seriously. It pays not to be a feminist. And this is just one more of the many ways.

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

My movie reviews will be up shortly, and you can stay tuned to my Memorial Day tribute to our fallen heroes.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as I will be remembering them on Monday. Come back in a few for my movie reviews and, later, my Memorial Day commentary.

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13 Responses

Happy Shavout to you Debbie, and enjoy you’re Memorial Day weekend maam!

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

Sean R. on May 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Interesting. Have a good weekend.

samurai on May 26, 2012 at 1:05 am

And a Chag Sameach / Shabbat Shalom to you and all of yours, Debbie. Loved the reviews too.

The Reverend Jacques on May 26, 2012 at 1:49 am

Wish everybody here a great weekend

Infidel on May 26, 2012 at 4:45 am

Have a blessed shavuouth. Or Pentecost.

G. R. Scharoubim on May 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

Happy Holiday Debbie!

Mominminnesota on May 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

There is something to love about you, Debbie.
All the best.

Cara on May 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I knew you had to be jewish!! you’re a god send. we love you debbie!! we love you so much
you’re a light in this world1

i specially love your comments about how all 1.8 billino mussies should be killed.

we should use ovens, gas chambers maybe…1.8 billion..that’s a lot more than 6 million..

we could name it something snappy. LIKE THE FINAL MUSSIE SOLUTION!!! THAT’S A GOOD ONE.

Riley Hamilton on May 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Now you’re spamming and libeling Debbie here on the “Shavout” thread? You really are a piece of work you phucking dumbass troll, you did the samething on the movie thread, lying and making up propaganda garbage about DS. She NEVER called for the death of muslims you moron, I hope Debbie comesback here on her blog, reads all of you’re inane comments and deletes them and bans and block you for not only trolling here, but now defaming and slandering the poor woman’s reputation. Get the hell off this blog you motherfreaking troll, you’re ilk of dumbass trolls make me sick!

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

    Sean R. on May 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Riley/Rashid: Since when do you, a Muslim, oppose the Final Solution?

    Also, while Muslims do breed like rabbits (or rats), just a few days ago you said there were only 999,999,999 Muz. Now there are 1.8 billion?

    Even one Muslim is too many, however. Imagine a world without Islam!

    skzion on May 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Blessed Shavuot to you and your family

joan on May 27, 2012 at 1:22 am

I had too much cheesecake. 🙁

val on May 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Good to know the information about Shavuot Jewish Holiday. Thanks for posting.

Jewish Roots on May 19, 2014 at 6:47 am

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