Today is August 20, 2019 -

Did you make that up?

“I won’t be in for the next two days in observance of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot,” I alerted my colleagues in the business office during graduate school.

“The holiday of what?  C’mon, you just made that up.”

“No, really.  It’s in the Bible.  It’s actually one of our big three, after Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.”

Shavuot does not get all the fanfare of Sukkot or Passover, but neither does it require all of the preparation.  We don’t have to build anything or clean anything, and yet it enjoys a similar status.

“So what do you do on this Shavuot?” they asked me.

“We celebrate receiving the Torah; we read the Ten Commandments, and we eat blintzes.”

Later today, I’ll be making (for the second year in a row) the “signature cheese blintz soufflé” from the Congregation Agudat Achim cookbook.

All-in-all, it’s a pretty good Holy Day.

Shavuot starts Saturday night.

Chag sameach!

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