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Shavuot is here, or, oh crap.

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We’ve been counting down the weeks and days to Shavuot and it’s finally here – we know, because we are out of jelly beans. Apparently seven weeks wasn’t quite enough time for me to think of anything really creative to do to celebrate. Or, even anything uncreative to do. I haven’t planned anything at all, actually.
There was a time in my life when Shavuot was my favorite holiday. I would stay up all night at Torah study sessions at the minyan I attended in New York, and usually taught a session as well. Sadly, there isn’t a vibrant, adult learning community where I live, and I haven’t yet figured out what a family/kid oriented Shavuot could look like. It’s really too early to celebrate the first fruits of the harvest, at least here in New England, and I can’t talk about the Ten Commandments with my kids until I come up with a way to explain adultery.
In a moment of inspiration (that came to me about five minutes ago), I decided to make a mountain of nachos for dinner. Get it? A mountain? You know, like Har Sinai? (And yes, I know nachos are not really dinner, but they are serving pizza and cheesecake at shul tonight. Which, come to think of it, isn’t much better.)
But, in my defense, I do want to show off the beautiful mural my first graders made of Har Sinai. Can you tell that it’s about 10 feet high?

There was thunder and lightning, and a thick cloud upon the mountain, and the sound of a shofar was exceedingly loud; so that all the people who were in the camp trembled… And Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.

By the way, after Shavuot I’ll be moving to my fancy new digs at beliefnet.com. I apologize in advance for the weight loss ads.



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Jen B

posted May 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm


Nachos sound sgreat! And our shul will be having salads and ice cream tomorrow, can’t wait!!
Our kids have been walking around singing the 10 Commandments song, and making the 10 Commandments out of number magnets or any other numbers they can find (eg/ typing 1 through 10 on my computer). THIS is why we go to Jewish preschool, I am not sure I’d be quite as creative at home!



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Mrs. G

posted May 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm


Do you have No Rules for Michael by Sylvia-Rouss? It came recently from the PJ program and seems to be a pretty good kids book about The Rules. I’m thinking we’ll read that book over a bowl of ice-cream, but I know your kids are a little older than mine . . .



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