All tagged Spring

Spring: A Promise of Life from Death

Spring is always a season of promise as cold winter winds cease and brown lands become green. For me, green has always held the promise of new life growing out of the still brown deadness of earth. This year is no exception; but even as winter fades and spring emerges, the seasons themselves are overlapping in unusual ways. One day temperatures soar and on the next we have cold rain. While this is not unusual, it’s of longer duration this year. Is this a metaphor of delayed rebirth or is it simply the result of massive unsettled global weather patterns?

An Israeli and Palestinian Dessert for Shavuot

Shavuot commemorates God’s giving of the Torah to the people of Israel. It is also the time when people would bring their first fruits to the Temple. People decorate their homes with greenery or flowers, read the book of Ruth in synagogues, eat a large dairy meal, and participate in all-night Torah study. In secular Israeli society, the holiday is celebrated with a meal of quiches, blintzes, lasagnas, and cheesecakes.