Archive for May 16th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Shavuot (05/16)

Sunday, May 16th, 2010


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

May 16 : 2 days to Shavuot begins

Did you know that many Jewish communities read the Book of Ruth during Shavuot services?

Ruth was the first convert to Judaism and reading her story is said to be a parable for whole-hearted way in which the Jewish people accepted the Torah.

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 16) Today we're celebrating . . .  Biographer’s Day

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Biographer’s Day
Commemorate the anniversary of the first meeting in 1763 between James Boswell, the penultimate biographer, and Samuel Johnson, Boswell’s favorite biographical subject. Boswell’s biographies are considered models of this literary form.





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