The festival of Shavuot begins this evening at sundown. For those of us in the diaspora, the celebration lasts for two days (one day for Israeli citizens…long story for another post.) The festival falls 50 days after Passover in celebration of the new grains of the summer wheat harvest in Israel. Shavuot is also when we celebrate Matan Torah, the giving of the Torah, because it was at this time of year when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai. Some of our present day customs include decorating our homes with bouquets of flowers and eating sumptuous dishes made with cheeses and other dairy and grain products. Many people will stay up throughout the night to learn from our holy writings and greet the dawn with words of Torah on their minds and in their hearts. For a little more detail about this wonderful festival, see here.
I will be off-line for a few days as I celebrate this wonderful festival! I am truly grateful for Matan Torah and the festival of Shavuot! Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday!)