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Happy Shavuot

On Tuesday evening, Jews celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, better known in English as Pentecost--the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the central event of the five books of Moses in the Old Testament. Shavuot is also a spring festival welcoming the first fruits of the season and the end of a seven-week counting period (the Omer) that began the second night of Passover--hence the name Shavuot, which means “weeks” in Hebrew.

Shavuot is observed with a day of rest (two days outside Israel, where historically the Jewish population could never be precisely certain that their calendars were exactly in sync with that of the Holy Land). Traditionally, Jews stay up all night on Shavuot to study the Torah together. The Shavuot morning service features the reading of the Ten Commandments from the Torah scroll, and festive meals emphasize dairy foods. 

Though some weekday activities, such as cooking, are permitted within limits, the laws of Shavuot prohibit any kind of work or creative activity, which includes writing about the news. So I will be off for just over 48 hours, as will my colleague Ben Shapiro. That does not mean the White House or the mainstream media have a window of opportunity, however. The rest of the Breitbart News crew is on duty, iPads and pens at the ready. 


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