Shavuot: Celebrating in Biblical Times
“Yael Eckstein explains one aspect of celebrating Shavuot in biblical times and how that applies to our lives today.”
As we celebrate Shavuot, the giving of the Torah, Yael Eckstein explains one aspect of celebrating Shavuot in biblical times and how that applies to our lives today.
Shavuot, which Christians know better from the Greek, Pentecost, is one of three pilgrimage festivals in which Jewish men during biblical times were obligated to go to the Temple in Jerusalem.
Initially, it was a harvest festival, commemorating the ancient obligation to bring the harvest's "firstfruits" to the Temple in Jerusalem as an offering to God. With the destruction of the Temples, it evolved into an event of monumental significance to both Jews and Christians — the giving of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, on Mount Sinai.
Discover the importance of this biblically mandated observance to the Jewish people and how it is celebrated today.
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