This morning, I received an e-mail from the United Jewish Council of Greater Toledo which I have copied and pasted below. I figure that the United Jewish Council doesn’t realize that I am still in my Mesa, Arizona winter home and not in my summer Ohio home. Just the opposite of last year when I wrote the Roland’s Ramblings entry Shavuos, aka Shavuot.
Shavuot begins at sundown on Tuesday, June 7, (5 Sivan) and ends at sundown on Thursday, June 9, (7 Sivan).
The people of Israel received the Torah from Hashem at Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G-d’s gift, and G-d re-gives the Torah. The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven week period from Passover to Shavuot. Here are a few suggestions for you to celebrate Shavuot: Women and girls light holiday candles on both the first and second evenings of the holidays. It is customary to stay up all night learning the Torah on the first night. Attend synagogue on the first day of Shavuot to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments and to hear Yizkor on the second day of the holiday. It is customary to eat dairy foods and no work may be performed.
So while I am in a different region of the country and even though it is not exactly one year according to the Gregorian calendar, it is time again all over the world according to the Hebrew calendar for the annual observance and celebration of the Jewish festival of Shavuot.
Not working during Shavuot poses no problem for me. It is my favorite thing not to do. As far as eating dairy food, maybe, I should have a cheesecake in honor of Shavuot.