Giving Shavuot a public relations makeover
The significance of Matan Torah is difficult to grasp in the modern day. Celebrating that ongoing relationship with God makes it accessible.
In America, if you try to go to your employer and explain that, as an observant Jew, in addition to Passover, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur you also need two days off in late spring for the Festival of Weeks, the Pentecost, the Season of the First Fruits, Shavuot, he or she will likely either look at you quizzically or send you to the human resources office with your walking papers.
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