The Reason You Celebrate Shavuot
Do you harvest grain? No? Ok, neither do we. (We sell Jewish t-shirts.)
So why would we celebrate Shavuot, the official kick-off to the biblical wheat-harvesting season?
Because the bible says so.
In ancient times, Shavuot was the day all the farmers brought a little wheat to the temple and had a big party. You can read about it in Deuteronomy, Chapter 26, courtesy of our friends at Chabad.
At some point, ancient Jews used the holiday to honor the gift of the Torah to Moses at Mount Sinai. For a nice summary, read What Is Shavuot, also from our friends at Chabad.
What's all that mean to us now?
First, have a nosh. Traditionally, two loaves of wheat bread and some dairy. Our kids love grilled cheese.
Next, go to shul. It's a mitzvah. At least, read the ten commandments.
Then, wish somebody well. Even if they're not Jewish. There's never a bad time for a little Tikkun Olam.
Last, make sure to spend time with family and friends. Enjoy the Yom Tov.