Sunday, August 23, 2015

The 10 Commandments and Shavuos

The 10 Commandments and Shavuos (According to Mel Brooks, 15, but one tablet broke.) The great granddaughter of the Muscover Rebbe could tell you what the holiday Shavuos meant and why she didn't believe in it. "God wrote and spoke Hebrew?"she said. "Or any other languages?" I would add that belief systems adduced a god-voice when they wanted to own power and point up truths: outpourings of culture, campfire legends. My grandma would grimace, then turn cheese blintzes in the pan. "This is my truth," she would say. "We eat dairy on Shavuos." The blintzes were crisp outside, melting inside. In my grandma's kitchen was the land of milk and honey. This was my truth. I wanted no other.

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