Israel: Marking Shavuot

Israeli blogger Yael gives us a short introduction to how she marked Shavuot. “For those who don’t know anything about Shavuot (which means 99% of Jews and everyone else), the section of the Torah dealing with Ruth always gets read at Shavuot because the descriptions of the barley and wheat harvest and Ruth’s desire to become a member of the Jewish people totally fit with the theme of the holiday which is, itself, a celebration of the day that the Torah was given at Mount Sinai after years of wandering in ye olde desert wilderness. So the Torah was given and here we have Ruth converting and accepting the Torah herself and it makes quite the happy little match,” she adds.

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