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Shavuot

How the Temple Scroll Rewrote the Festival of Bikkurim

Throughout the Bible, we find that the land of Israel is blessed with grain, wine, and oil (דגן, תירוש, ויצהר). In the Torah, however, the festival of Bikkurim, “First Produce,” only celebrates the wheat harvest. In Qumran, the Essenes rewrote the biblical festival calendar to include two further bikkurim festivals to celebrate wine and oil.[1] 

Prof.

Marvin A. Sweeney

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The Piyyut (Poem) Akdamut Milin

The Enigma and Perseverance of Tradition

Dr. Rabbi

Laura Lieber

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Ezekiel's Failure To Mention Shavuot

And the Re-imagining of the Harvest Festival in the Wake of the Babylonian Exile

Rabbi

Evan Hoffman

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Shavuot: Why Doesn't the Torah Celebrate the Revelation on Mt. Sinai?

A Devar Torah inaugurating Project TABS / TheTorah.com

Rabbi

David D. Steinberg

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Integrating the Exodus Story into the Festivals

The exodus story, which is presented as the basis for many of the Torah’s rituals, is a secondary insertion in many of these contexts.

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel

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In What Way Is Shavuot Zman Matan Torateinu?

Traditional and Academic Insights

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Accepting the Torah through the Prism of Chaos Theory

Illustrating four aspects of Shavuot from critical and traditional perspectives

Dr. Rabbi

Jeremy Rosen

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