Shavuot: ‘I’ll Have to Give You a Rain Check’

Stand for Israel  |  June 13, 2024

farm, Israel
(Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv)

Writing at The Times of Israel, Adele Raemer, (check out her Nourish Your Biblical Roots episode here), shares why this year she’s asking for a rain check on Shavuot, the Jewish Pentecost:

But this year…. this year there IS no Shavuot for me. Because if I cannot celebrate with my family and friends in the fields of Kibbutz Nirim, if I cannot ride the tractors to the celebration site, or dance the silly dance with those willing to go with my flow, then there is no Shavuot for me. If I cannot take pictures of our gargantuan combine harvesters harvesting the wheat through clouds of dusty earth in our golden fields which our farmers work so hard all year to nurture, then there is no Shavuot for me. There is no Shavuot for me if we cannot celebrate with those people who were ruthlessly torn from us on that Black Sabbath back in October.