Countdown To RevelationMay 14, 2012 @ 11:41 am
In America, Israel and around the world, religious Jews are literally counting-down to a major festival that falls this year on Memorial Day weekend. Shavuot, known in English as "The Feast of Weeks" or "Pentecost," is as significant in Jewish tradition as Passover-and far more important than the minor festival of Hanukah.
Though Most Christians and many Jews remain unaware of it, a Biblical commandment requires counting aloud each one of the fifty days between Passover and Shavuot, which celebrates revelation of the Law on Mount Sinai. The counting process reminds us of the unbreakable links of liberation and law, freedom and responsibility-teaching that deliverance from slavery didn't mean release to follow your own inclinations, but freedom to serve God. Each day of the countdown is meant to bring us consciously closer to that service.
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