Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Walking through the Ten Commandments

Today is the happy holiday of Shavuot, also called the Festival of Weeks, Pentecost, the holiday of the First Fruits and of the reaping of grain.
Shavuot also became known as the day on which God gave the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
It is a mitsvah for every Jew to stand and hear the Ten Commandments read in the synagogue today. 

During the recent Heritage Preservation Week, the head man of  Struma Synagogue in Beer Sheva showed our tour group the Torah scrolls in their holy ark.

And with a big smile he explained that when they were building the synagogue the 1950s movie "The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston was popular, and he was inspired by it to design the back wall and door as the two tablets!

You are welcome to see my other posts about Ruth and Naomi and about cheese and cheesemakers, which are also part of the Shavuot tradition.
See more about the Struma synagogue at my other post.
(Linking to inSPIREd Sunday  and   Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors.)


William Kendall said...

That rich dark green in the fabric is really beautiful!

toby said...

Dina, you absolutely win for Most Colorful Door of the week, wowee! Thanks for sharing that with us at WWDD. I hope you had a lovely Shavuot :)

cieldequimper said...

He must have enjoyed himself and to you it must have been fascinating!

VP said...

Great colors, I like the story about the shooting of the Ten Commandments...

Tom said...

and it is a colorful sight.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Looks a good door with the colourful decorating to it