Friday, May 29, 2009

Double celebration

Happy Shavuot holiday and Shabbat shalom, Sabbath peace, to you tonight.
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8 comments:

CathM said...

Blessings and peace to you too, Dina!

Cloudia said...

Shabbat Shalom!

Glennis said...

Peace to you too. Sadly I had never heard of either of these celebrations. Could they be Jewish?

Reader Wil said...

Happy Shavuot holiday and shabbat shalom to you, Dina. I knew that our Whitsuntide is a Jewish feast originally, but I was waiting for you to explain what it is about. Does it have to do with the first crop of fruit and grain? All our celebrations were first of all derived from Jewish celebrations.

Dina said...

Thanks dear Cath and Cloudia!

Glennis, Shabbat in Hebrew refers to the Sabbath, i.e. from Friday sundown to Saturday night.

Glennis and Wil, there is more about Shavuot at
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/05/blessed-shavuot.html
and
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/06/shavuot-miracle.html

Wil, yes, in the Bible Shavuot is about the grain harvest and the bringing of first fruits to the Temple in Jerusalem. In later centuries Shavuot also became the holiday marking the giving of the Torah. I think the Christian Pentecost wanted to be a new way of having the Torah coming down to the people from heaven, viz. having tongues of fire/the Holy Spirit/Jesus coming down on the heads of the apostles in the Upper Room.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks Dina you have said it well. It's all about inspiration! The same Holy Ghost that inspired Mozes and the prophets of Israel and many other wise men of Israel, including Jesus.

Kay said...

You know.... the melted wax on the candles are quite artistic.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Blessings to you Dina XX Don