Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Today is Shavuot

Well, today might be the day.  Or not.

It varies a lot depending on the moon, the reporting source, etc.

For example, according to one Catholic source, it was May 27 this year.  According to Wikipedia it will be June 12.  According to another source, it is today.

So, who knows for sure when it really occurs this year but it is an important day.

But not only does the 'when' vary -- Its name also varies.

Thus, you might recognize this Jewish Holiday by the name Shavuot or by two other names which are commonly used. 

Specifically, Shavuot is also known as the Feast of Weeks and as Pentecost.

And this Holiday is not only important to the Jews, it is also important to Christians.

The Jews have several reasons to commemorate this day.  One reason is that it is thought to be the anniversary of the day when the Torah (The Law) was given on Mt. Sinai.

The Church commemorates this day because on this day the Church was  officially 'born'.

Confused?  Don't be.  It really all ties together and these various linkages are very significant.

One other 'confusing' thought is that the article to which we are linking today was written in 2006.

Why is this important?

Because, the actual date each year when this Feast / Holiday is observed varies since Jewish months are based on the moon. 

That is why the 2006 article says that Shavuot is June 4. True, it was. But, this year (2011) it is probably June 8-9 as we noted above.

So, with all that by way of introduction, to find out what Shavuot (aka Feast of Weeks, Pentecost) is and why it is important, HERE'S THE LINK