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Shavuot

Menachem Ussishkin

First Fruits Festival and Day of Giving the Torah

the Shavuot festival in Haifa, 1932

But please do not forget one important thing! And that is: That the national continuity of our people begins on the holiday we celebrate today: The festival of Shavuot – this holiday was not just a holiday of nature, festival of the first crops from the fruits of the earth and man’s labor: This was the day of Matan Torah – the giving of the Torah, on which we became a people. The two cannot be separated. On a single day we were created as a people, and became a people working its land with the sweat of its brow. Such a separation could put obstacles in our path, like those that stood in it over the last generation. We must avoid them.

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