Most of you might not realize I am a religious Jew. That means I actually go to Temple (we call it ‘Shul’ which is Yiddish for ‘Synagogue’ or ‘Temple’.) on Saturdays and I celebrate all the Jewish Holidays. Starting at sunset on Tuesday night and ending after sunset on Thursday night is the holiday of Shavuot.
Basically the idea is we (Jews) celebrate when we got the Torah from HaShem (Gd). Just as Christmas has its symbols such as Christmas Trees and Santa Claus, so too does Shavout. On Shavout we eat dairy food and fill the house with flowers. As children we learn the reason for the dairy is because Israel is considered a land flowing with ‘milk and honey’. Later we learn the reason is because now we (the Jews) know now (from the Torah we just received) we have to separate milk and meat, and it took us a few days to kasher our dishes and cooking utensils. The flowers are due to an old story that Mount Sini bloomed with flowers as Moses came down the mountain.
Coincidentally, Shavous always coincides with the blooming of peonies, which are my favorite flowers (well, tied with sweet peas). For some reason Trader Joes always gets bulk peonies the same week as Shavuos, so it has become my tradition to give all of my friends bouquets of peonies to decorate their homes.
As I mentioned before, the other tradition is to eat plenty of dairy foods. Due to the restrictions of eating milk and meat together, most of the meals are vegetarian, which is my preferred way of eating. Plus we get to eat as much ice-cream and cheesecake as we want and it is considered a ‘mitzvah’ – (a good deed).
Needless to say Shavuot is my favorite holiday of the year.
So now you know my favorite flowers – Peonies and Sweet Peas, what are your favorite flowers? Do you ever buy yourself flowers just to brighten up your day?