Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Shavuot: The Harvest of Blessings

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“Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks [Chag ha-Shavuot] to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you.”  (Deuteronomy 16:10)
Last night, as the sun set in Israel and around the world, the Biblical holy day of Shavuot (Festival of Weeks) began.
Many stayed up all night learning Torah to honor the day Moses received the law on Mount Sinai, which occurred on Shavuot.
Staying awake is a centuries-old custom.  It is traditionally believed that the Israelites slept in on the day God gave the Torah, so staying awake is thought to rectify the apparent lack of enthusiasm.
A special booklet call Tikun Leyl Shavuot (Rectification for Shavuot Night) made for this occasion has excerpts from the beginning and end of each of the 24 books of the Tanakh and the 63 books of the Mishnah.
Because of the holiday’s connection to the harvest and agriculture, here in Israel, it is marked by food festivals, picnics, and visits to the kibbutz and to the Western Wall, a remnant of the ancient wall that once surrounded the Holy Temple’s courtyard.
Every Shavuot it is packed with people praying.  The streets of Jerusalem were filled like this 2,000 years ago when Holy Spirit fire fell on the Believers united in prayer, and about 3,000 observant Jews were saved.

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