Shavuot is one of three pilgrimage festivals that is commanded in the Torah (Exodus 23:14-17; Deuteronomy 16:16). In Hebrew, its name means “weeks,” derived from the command in Deuteronomy 16:19, “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.” Many Christians know Shavuot from its Greek-derived name “Pentecost,” as Pentēkostē means “fiftieth,” indicative of the fifty days that are to be counted between Passover and this time.
Every man or woman of faith operates within some kind of paradigm. How important is it that we become conscious of the various bubbles we have placed ourselves in?
How many of us realize that perhaps more people will be convinced by a testimonial of someone’s spiritual or theological experience—than being force fed some kind of religious dogma?
The present trend of “cancel culture” is hardly something new, when we consider how many religious authorities throughout history have prohibited various discussions from taking place.