Thursday, May 28, 2009

A blessed Shavuot

"On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God. They took their stand at the foot of the mountain." -- Exodus 19:16-17
This is just the view from one side of my village. But when it looks all dramatic in the sky I like to imagine that the next ridge is Mount Sinai and that God is answering Moses in the thunder and that I am there to witness the moments of fear and trembling!
You see?! Moses did receive the tablets of the Ten Commandments!
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Today is not only SkyWatch Friday but also the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.
The Feast of Weeks is also called the Time of the Giving of the Torah, the Festival of the First Fruits, and the Harvest Festival. Shavuot commemorates the people's pilgrimage to Jerusalem to bring first crops to the Temple. Tomorrow the Ten Commandments will be read in synagogues and also the Book of Ruth, telling the story of Ruth the Moabitess who followed Naomi and became Jewish.
On Shavuot it is the tradition to eat dairy foods, wear white, and study Torah throughout the night. Happy holiday!
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P.S. To see how I discovered the tablets of the Covenant in a Swiss lake, please click here.
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30 comments:

erin said...

what awe inspiring sky captures dina. just beautiful. enjoyed your post.

Rajesh said...

The sunshine photos are fantastic.

RuneE said...

That first picture was a beauty - as if arranged (even for a non-religious person like myself)

cieldequimper said...

Oh that first one!

Daryl said...

WOW .. now that's a cinematic sky!

Robin said...

Beautiful, and a perfect choice for the holiday.

Chag Shavuot sameach.

Guy D said...

Wow Dina that first pic is heavenly, absolutely fantastic.

Have a great weekend.
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Ackworth born said...

That first one is awesome

Yaelian said...

Great pictures Dina! And Chag Shavuot Sameah!

Bim said...

Absolutely stunning drama.

VALKYRIEN said...

The first shot is all I need! Simply wonderful sun rays!

Kay said...

Goodness gracious! That sky alone would make anyone believe. Have a terrific holiday, Dina! Shalom to you.

Light and Voices said...

Simply divine!
Joyce

Barb said...

Dina - Your first photo looks as though Heaven itself is shining a spotlight on your town!Have a good Holiday.

Arija said...

Surely with the sky in your first picture there must be hope of peace in your region.

raphaelleae said...

Hi Beautiful Dina
have a wonderful shavuot.I love the way your religion is so steeped in ritual-you can't forget.

and your photos -what an amazing dialogue with the sky.

Hilda said...

That is an awe-inspiring photo! Just magnificent. Have a blessed Shavuot!

I think that Catholics like me would do well to learn more about Jewish holidays since they're also so close to our faith. I am learning a lot through your blog, Dina, and I thank you for that.

Nathalie said...

Wow Dina, that first photo does make you think that there's a God living up there!

:-)
Gorgeous gorgeous photo - and nice cultural info, as always.

Allu said...

Awesome photos. I have to come back when I have more time.

Catherine said...

A wonderful picture to illustrate this passage of the Exodus. Ray of light passing through the clouds always gives this impression that someone is hidden behind.

Jack and Joann said...

Enjoyed this Skywatch Friday post. And went to the other post for info. That was a stony loaf of bread! Have a great weekend!

JM said...

Wow! The 1st photo is simply gorgeous! Great capture indeed!

mommanator said...

Have I told ya lately I LOVE OYUR site! It is such a wealth of info! & wonderful pics!
I am thinkng of sending it to my Jewish friend who knows so little of the faith. Or maybe she is just pulling my leg?
Keep them coming friend!

Caprice- said...

Dina,
Your posts are incredible! The shot of the sun coming through the clouds is wonderful but the information about the Jewish holidays is fascinating. I love the story of Ruth and Naomi! You are so blessed to live in the land where all the bible stories originate from.
Happy Shavuot!
Caprice

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I followed your story to Switzerland. Sometimes a mini miracle can turn a stone into a smile

Gretchen said...

I've always been told that's showing the gates of Heaven opening. Not sure if they would agree with my thoughts on what Heaven is like, but it's certainly dramatic to see!

Karen said...

That photo of the sun rays coming through the clouds, is gorgeous !!!

Lew said...

I can imagine that the sun beams through those clouds are much the same as Moses experienced on Mt. Siani. I also enjoyed your post on finding the split rock.

aino said...

Beautiful, so beautiful.

Marc said...

That first picture does appeal to one's imagination.
Thanks Dina, for your very kind comment on my blog. Kindest regards from Amsterdam.