Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Feast of Xylophory

ABC Wednesday's dreaded  X Day has come around again.
But this year I am ready, with a new word I came across just recently.

Soon we will have the happy Jewish holiday of Tu B'Av.

The Talmud gives several reasons for celebrating this date 15th of Av, one being that 
cutting of the wood for the main altar in the Temple was completed for the year.

The wood-offering brought in the Temple is based on Nehemiah 10:35:
35 And we cast lots, the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood-offering, קֻרְבַּן הָעֵצִים to bring it into the house of our God, according to our fathers' houses, at times appointed, year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the Law; 
 Josephus (Bellum Judaisum 2:17)   refers to Tu B'Av as the Feast of Xylophory ("Wood-bearing").

There you have it!  An  X  word!
P.S.  The firewood cutting in the photo was done by me and Mark, my friend's husband.
Update:  Just for fun see also http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/2008/06/woodpile.html


Reader Wil said...

Great x-word, Dina! Do you have to take the wood to the synagoge?
Thank you for this new word!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Leslie: said...

What a great word! I learned something new, as usual...lol

abcw team

Dina said...

Hi Wil. No, no wood for the synagogue. It was only for the sacrificial altar in the Temple.
Now Tu B'Av is like a festival of love. Even a bit like Valentine's Day.
See my link for more about the holiday.

Leslie, I was excited to learn this word too. And I made a note to save it for ABC Wednesday X Day.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Interesting that wood is celebrated in this way! Looks like you have plenty ready.

Dina said...

Gemma, yeah, we were just cutting firewood for the nun neighbor-friends, for the winter.

Roger Owen Green said...

good wood, I mean word.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Tania said...

What a nice X and such a wonderful photo of you:-)

Hildred said...

Interesting word - I am wondering how to pronounce it.

Cloudia said...

Nicely done, Dina.
You look strong. Nice pic.

Am excited to learn a new obscure word.

Aloha Shalom

Nana Jo said...

I had never heard of xylophory until read another post using the same word, and I find it fascinating. Your explanation of your Jewish holiday is very interesting. Great photo, too.

Suzanne said...


Kay said...

Ahhhh... Dina! It brings me such joy to see a photo of you. I returned from the canyons on Sunday and am not quite normal yet.

Nori said...

nice couple!

Dina said...

Yukinori, I hope you mean a "nice couple" of WORKMATES. The nice man in the photo with me is the husband of my friend Kristine. He was the director of Heifer Ranch (Heifer International) in Arkansas when I served as a livestock volunteer there.
See also

Nonnie said...

love your X word, new one for me, thanks!
kudos to your friend's husband for being the director of a worthwhile organization! our school used our students' charitable gifts for Heifer International one year. The funds normally went to a school in the Appalachia and the food bank in our city.

VP said...

This is really a good find: a word beginning with the x would be almost impossible in Italian!

Travelogue for the Universe said...

Love your history lessons! Fun word! Have done plenty of carrying of the wood in Vermont. I kept thinking how sun, fire and trees all interwtined, each essential. Fire comes from Sun. Love is fiery. Trees need the sun, absorb the energy and burning trees releases moisture, fire, smoke. Love too, ignites, flames and cools one way or another. The cycle of life. You make me think! Have a wonderful Tu B'Av. mary

Petrea Burchard said...

Ingenious X-word! And I love the photo. You look happy.

ChrisJ said...

I had no idea there was a wood offering in the Bible! Makes good sense!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

That's quite a word; if only I could remember it the next time I play Scrabble!

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for all your contributions!

ChrisJ, I too had never heard of a wood offering in the Temple till I learned this word.