Celebrating the Gift of Biblical RulesMay 14, 2013 @ 11:38 am
The reasons? Unlike Hanukah and Passover, there's no corresponding Christian celebration. Also, Shavuot commemorates revelation of the Torah and its commandments on Mount Sinai, and contemporary society doesn't see rules and obligations as cause for rejoicing. But liturgy refers to the holiday as the "Season of Giving our Torah" - using the Hebrew word for gift, mattanah, that denotes presents as indications of affection.
It may be unfashionable to see divine laws as generous gifts, but that's the crucial message of the Shavuot festival.
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