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Thoughts on Shavuot

Shavuot, Festival of the Harvest, Feast of Weeks, Pentecost, …there are more names for this particular pilgrimage feast than either of the other two, being Pesach (Passover) and Sukot (Feast of Tabernacles).And the nuances don’t stop there.Additionally Shavuot has no ‘historical’ root.Pesach historically references the Exodus from Egypt, moving from physical slavery to freedom, and Sukot is the reminder of the journey of the Hebrew nation through the wilderness for 40 years before entering the Promised Land.Pesach and Sukot have both historical reference and seasonal reference, relating to a particular season of the year. Shavuot is only related to a particular season.There is a suggestion in the timing of Shavuot that relates to God giving Moses the Torah/Instructions, as both happen in the third month of the Hebrew calendar, but it’s not a certainty.
In fact, Shavuot is the one ‘God commanded feast’ that has no fixed calendar date.Instead of being on the first of the month, like th…

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