A very, very, very long time ago, on this holiday (Shavuot), G/d gave Moses and the people of Israel one of the most symbolic parts of our lives: the Torah. We read it every weekend and at every major holiday. It has the story of the world’s creation and more rules than you could possibly ever think of. Shavuot also marks the end of the Counting of the Omer (which means that it’s been seven weeks since the start of Pesach!), and is one of the three Pilgrimage Festivals.
I once heard that when the Jewish people assembled at Mount Sinai to receive the Torah, the blind could see, the deaf could hear, and every soul of the Jewish people that ever was and ever would be was there to hear G/d’s voice. As crazy as it sounds, it makes the Torah seem way cooler than it appears: at that time, the people had been out of slavery for 49 days, and they were awaiting 5,888 verses G/d’s words, something that they may not have ever thought possible. And then they got those five books, and our world was changed forever.
Think about it for a second: what would Judaism be like without the Torah?
~Three Ways to Upgrade Your Shavuot (sunset June 3- sundown June 5)
1. It’s a tradition to stay up all night studying… I know, it doesn’t sound so different from school, right? Not so ‘summer-oriented’? But my family always learns something and then has a night pool party afterwards. What kind of fun “up all night” parties can you have?
2. It’s also a tradition to eat dairy foods during Shavuot, so here’s a short list of some cool dairy recipes!
(These two are blog posts and you have to scroll down for the recipe)
-Mac & Cheese Quesadillas: http://www.bakeaholicmama.com/2013/03/macaroni-and-cheese-quesadillas.html
-Apricot Salsa Quesadillas (for the adventurous cook): http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/06/apricot-salsa-quesadillas.html
-Portobello Pizzas: http://getoffyourtushandcook.com/2013/01/portobello-pizzas-hold-the-crust.html
-20 Different Kinds of Cheesecake: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelc19/20-cheesecakes-to-dream-about-tonight-4emp
And it wouldn’t be a traditional Jewish meal without…
3. We’re supposed to celebrate Shavuot with a ton of plants. Take part of the day to plant something in your backyard!
Shalom Out and Chag Sameach!