Children from kibbutz Tzuba near Jerusalem celebrated Shavuot, May 27, 2012.
For the past century, the Israeli labor movement has embraced the agricultural aspects of the holiday, which marks the wheat harvest.
“The suitability of Shavuot as a holiday appropriate to kibbutz life was evident from the very beginning, when shortly after World War I, agricultural schools instituted the ceremony of Bikkurim.” (Kibbutz Judaism: A New Tradition in the Making, by Shalom Lilker).
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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