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The Shavuot Holiday in Israel: Joy in the Law, Joy in the Land

A modern state revels in the spring harvest.

P. David Hornik


May 16, 2013 - 7:00 am

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This is a corny propaganda video, plagued with the churning, bombastic background music that seems to have been obligatory for documentaries of the period. But it also offers fascinating glimpses.

It’s 1934 — fourteen years before the rise of modern Israel, seventeen years since the Balfour Declaration gave a big push to the Zionist project. The Yishuv (prestate Jewish polity) numbers somewhere over 300,000. The ancient towns of Jerusalem and Haifa are being rebuilt, the brand-new city of Tel Aviv is thriving, and numerous smaller and agricultural communities dot the land.

The narrator refers to “Haifa, at the head of  the Valley of Jezreel” — the valley that even then was full of farms and today is a sort of breadbasket of Israel. He also calls Shavuot the “Palestinian Thanksgiving” — the Jews of the Yishuv at that time having been routinely referred to as Palestinians.

The music reaches a crescendo as the scene shifts to Haifa. The streets and balconies are thronged with people come out to watch the first-fruits parade. One senses the tremendous pride and joy over the revival of Jewish farming in the land.

The Hebrew sign starting at 1:38 says “Meshek Yagur” — referring to Kibbutz Yagur, founded in 1922 a few miles from Haifa and still around today. The video, while stressing the ancient origins of the holiday, doesn’t mention that most of the communities displaying their wares are probably secular-socialist ones, and that their attachment to such religiously derived customs and symbols was probably unique — if not bizarre — among the many socialist movements of the time.

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And this is where THE HOLY Temple will be built and then all of Islam will see how blessed are the Jews for they have the Holy Temple on Mount Hermon

Song Of Solomon
Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,
come with me from Lebanon.
Descend from the crest of Amana,
from the top of Senir, the summit of Hermon,
from the lions’ dens
and the mountain haunts of leopards.
9 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume
more than any spice!
11 Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;
milk and honey are under your tongue.
The fragrance of your garments
is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12 You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride;
you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.
13 Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates
with choice fruits,
with henna and nard,
14 nard and saffron,
calamus and cinnamon,
with every kind of incense tree,
with myrrh and aloes
and all the finest spices.
15 You are[b] a garden fountain,
a well of flowing water
streaming down from Lebanon.
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What great value the secular has proved to be when the sacred,the orthodox ,the holy can live in peace and become fruitful. But how long the secular can be trusted .Why force the orthodox to violate their conscience as they wait for the Messiah ? Messiah will never come so concludes the secular so they then in times of trouble take on the authority of the sacred as King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon do forcing Daniel to the lions den and Shadrach Meshach and Adednego into the fire.
We see Obama do this invading the Roman Catholic Church to obey the secular as if it was sacred and holy to obey
How will the Holy temple be built as long as King Nebuchadnezzar rules?
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Shavuot is also the day the Jewish believers in Jerusalem were filled with the Holy Spirit (erroneously renamed as Pentecost).
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It's not erroneous- Pentecost, "fifty days" is how you translate Shavout into Greek.
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