Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Happy Shavuot: Commemorating the Giving of the Fifteen (Oops! Ten) Commandments

Tonight, tomorrow, and Thursday we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, commemorating the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai. 

Unlike Pesach and Sukkot, Shavuot does not have any visually rich rituals or symbols associated with it, so it doesn't get the attention and press that the other holidays get.

On Shavuot, besides eating lots of cheesecake, we engage in Torah study and reflect upon the way in which its laws were presented to the Jewish people.

On Jewish Humor Central, we can't do this without recalling the scene from Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I, revealing why we only got ten commandments, and not fifteen.  Here's the clip.  Enjoy, and we'll see you on Friday when we return with more Jewish humor.