Originally posted on May 10. 2013
Today is the first day of the Jewish month of Sivan. The first day of the new month is called Rosh Chodesh. So this is Rosh Chodesh Sivan. Why is this such a special month? Because this is the month of my FAVORITE holiday….. SHAVUOT! You may be asking “Sha-vu-WHAT???” That was my first impression 22 years ago when I first found out that there was a Jewish holiday called Shavuot. You see, I got married in June and my wedding shower was on Sunday, May 19th, 1991. My friend Debra who was “religious” could not come because it was Shavuot. Oh well. Her loss, right? WRONG! While the bridal shower was really fun, it can never come close to the feeling I get every year in anticipation of Shavuot and the holiday itself.
When we left Egypt at Passover we were slaves. We were at an all-time low, physically, emotionally and spiritually. And just seven weeks later (Shavuot literally means “sevens”) we stood together at Mount Sinai, God gave us the Torah, and we became a People, a Holy Nation! The very thing that defines us as Jews happened on Shavuot!
This year Shavuot begins the night of May 14th and ends the night of May 16th. I am so grateful that this is my 21st year celebrating Shavuot!
No matter if you consider your self Reform, Conservative, Orthodox or unaffiliated, Shavuot is yours for the taking.