Jewish traditions abound regarding Shavuot (Pentecost)
The weather has been somewhat cooler than Thursday. I would say in the mid 70’s to low 80’s rather than the 90 degree mark. A gentle breeze is also here, but alas, no rain.
Very quiet Shabbat. I love the contrast between the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem during the week and then the quietness that comes when Shabbat starts at sundown on Friday. All Jewish holidays and Shabbat start at sundown. It takes me two days to finish reading the Friday Jerusalem Post, so I napped and read and visited with Will.
I met with friends at Sakura Japanese Restaurant for my sushi fix after Shabbat. I had some of the best tempura that I have had in a long time. They use almonds in the tempura batter. The sushi was very fresh and the area, off Ben Yehuda, was really packed with people. Very lively. Another contrast between the Shabbat and the restarting of the week.
I am going to the Western Wall this evening to celebrate Shavuot (Pentecost). Jewish traditions abound regarding Shavuot: wearing white, eating sweet dairy, reading the book of Ruth, reading the Torah all night and making a pilgrimage to the Western Wall. Tradition also suggests that the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on this day.
Shavuot/Pentecost is the time that the Holy Spirit was sent to us to be our comforter. Acts 2:1 and 4, “The festival of Shavuot arrived and the believers all gathered in one place, they were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).” This is the Jewishness of our Christian roots.
Have a blessed Shavuot/Pentecost.