The Jewish calendar reminds us where we've been - and what's next


This story originally appeared on My Jewish Learning.

(JTA) — The Shavuot holiday that we observed last month commemorates two different kinds of harvests. Originally an agricultural festival, Shavuot marked the culmination of the wheat harvest in the ancient land of Israel. Only later did the rabbis layer on the receiving of the Torah to the holiday. Just as we celebrate the bounty of the land, we celebrate the bounty of Torah — the sustenance that feeds our hearts and nourishes our souls.

In ancient days, as the wheat blossomed in its golden fullness, the sheaves would be gathere...

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