Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tonight is Shavuot!

The day we celebrate the receiving of the Torah.  What makes it so significant (among many other things) :

(1) When we were to receive the Torah, according to the Torah, it state that the Jewish people answer, "N'ase, v'nishma!"  Many non-Jewish sources think its an error and correct it in their books. But the N'ase v''Nishma means "we will do (N'ase) and we will hear (v'nishma)!"  The crazy thing is how do you do before you hear? Ya gotta hear the instructions before you do them, right?

Nu?  So, it comes to show how eager the people were to do His will. So eager that they would do whatever they knew then and will follow and do the rest as they hear it.

(2) This is the time when the story of Ruth is read. Many stay up all night learning the Torah.

(3) I wish I was in Jerusalem right about now.  This is one of the "pilgramage time" there were three designated holidays when the Jews made the pilgramage to the Holy Temple.  Now the Holy Temple is destroyed, but one outer wall remains.  So, people go there. Its called the Western Wall, or the Wailing Wall.


Anonymous said...

חג שבועות שמח מירים

There is nothing to compare to being in Jerusalem,at the kotel for this holiday!.

I am unable to travel,so I haven't been even once to Jerusalem in the 5 years that I've been in Israel,but was blessed to have lived in Jerusalem 6 years in the 1980's and also visited 3 times in 1993,1995 and in 1997 and in 1993 came for Shavuot and stayed in the Rova.

Maybe,if G-d's willing next year I'll be in Jerusalem.

Miriam said...

חג שבועות שמח יונה!!

One of these days, I've got to get back to J'lem. We have to meet!