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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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Fast-forward almost eighty years to the present. If you search the word Shavuot in Hebrew on YouTube, you get numerous videos of Shavuot celebrations — mostly in kibbutzim but some in urban communities too. The sheer thrill of Jews farming the land may have dissipated, but something of the joy of those days has unmistakably been kept.

The video on this page is from Kibbutz Lehavot Haviva in 2009. The orange letters on the stage say Shavuot. Kibbutz Lehavot Haviva is in northern Israel and was established in 1949 by the far-Left — but Zionist — Hashomer Hatzair (Young Guard) movement.

Both young and old are enjoying themselves. Costumes aren’t as outlandish as in 1934, but the wreaths in the children’s hair, and the girls’ and women’s white dresses, are longstanding Shavuot traditions that have come down from those days and earlier. The stage in the background — sometimes peopled, sometimes not — is also a clear descendant of the teeming stage at the end of the 1934 video.

The songs in the medley, all with folk and biblical sources, are “Land of Milk and Honey,” “A Stalk in the Field” (0:48), “The Flowers Appear on the Earth” (1:18), “Our Granaries Are Filled with Grain” (1:52), and, just before a few strains of “To You Jerusalem” (2:44),  the beautiful and joyous Shavuot song “Baskets on Our Shoulders” (2:17):

Baskets on our shoulders,

Our heads adorned,

From all ends of the land we’ve come,

Bringing the first fruits….

Too bad the guy at 1:16 can’t catch the spirit.

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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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