Shavuot reflection

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Unlike the other major Jewish festivals, Shavuot lacks a unique obligation mandated by the Torah with strong symbolic resonance. On Sukkot Jewish people dwell in the temporary, wooden ‘Sukkot’ booths and shake the lulav and etrog (the four species of date-palm, willow, myrtle and citron fruit); on Pesach Jewish people are required to forgo eating… Read more »

Domus Galilaeae, 2017 by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

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Last night Jews and Catholics, some two hundred of us, sung together around a bonfire ‘Hinei mah tov umah na’im – How good and pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together’. Last night we prayed Ma’ariv, the traditional Jewish evening service, together; this morning we joined Christian singing of the Psalms and… Read more »