Archive for May 14th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Shavuot (05/14)

Friday, May 14th, 2010


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about the Jewish
Holiday of Shavuot

May 14 : 4 days to Shavuot begins

Did you know that the word Shavuot means “weeks” in Hebrew?

The name of the holiday refers to the fact that it falls exactly seven weeks, or 49 days, after the Jewish festival of Passover.

Shavuot is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel. Shavuot also commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai. We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Shavuot* (sundown 05/18).

*Shavuot is pronounced sha-voo-OT.

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(May 14) Today we're celebrating . . .  "The Stars and Stripes Forever" Day

Friday, May 14th, 2010

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” Day
Wave your banners high in honor of the first public performance of John Philip Sousa’s march “The Stars and Stripes Forever” in 1897 at the national unveiling of a statue of George Washington.

photo credit: via flickr

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