June 3, 2014, - 5:57 pm

Where I’ll Be the Next Two Days – Shavuot 2014

By Debbie Schlussel

Tonight at sundown, the Jewish holiday of Shavuot [“Shah-Voo-Oat”]–also called, Shavuos–begins and goes until nightfall Thursday. So, I will be out of Internet commission and celebrating the Jewish holiday. I may still post something before the holiday begins and I have plenty of stuff you won’t find anywhere else that I’ve prepared in advance for you to read while I’m away.


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 stupid 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.

Like I said, there will be plenty to read here while I’m gone so please stay tuned. And I’ll see you back in real time on Thursday Night.

Y’all come back now, ya hear.

6 Responses

Happy Shavuot Debbie!

Sean M on June 3, 2014 at 6:13 pm

happy holiday

enjoy your peace and association with deity
it’s very special

i do not know you
i have never met you

but you are special
i respect you

happy holiday

prestigio on June 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Happy Shavuot, Debbie! You rock!

DS_ROCKS! on June 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Happy Shavuot to Debbie and all the Jewish readers on this site as well as to any other readers who celebrates the holiday.

JeffE on June 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Debbie, as one of your some to many humanistic and irreligious readers and fans, I hope that you’ll enjoy your holiday, and I’ll be looking forward to read future threads and articles of yours on this blog of yours ma’am!

Sean R. on June 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Currently it appears like Drupal is the best blogging platform out there right now.
(from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

Salvador on August 22, 2014 at 2:53 am

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