Jewish Festivals – Shavuot The Book of Ruth Recreated 100 Years Ago This feature is one of our most popular posting
Posted: 07 Jun 2016
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The Jewish holiday of Shavuot –Pentecost is celebrated this week. The holiday has several traditional names: Shavuot, the festival of weeks, marking seven weeks after Passover; Chag HaKatzir, the festival of reaping grains; and Chag HaBikkurim, the festival of first fruits. Shavuot, according to Jewish tradition, is the day the Children of Israel accepted the Torah at Mt. Sinai. It is also believed to be the day of King David’s birth and death.
The reading of the Book of Ruth is one tradition of the holiday. Ruth, a Moabite and widow of a Jewish man (and a princess according to commentators), gave up her life in Moab to join her Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi, in the Land of Israel. She insisted on adopting Naomi’s God, Torah and religion.
The members of the American Colonywere religious Christians who established their community in the Holy Land. They were steeped in the Bible and photographed countryside scenes that referred to biblical incidents and prohibitions.
We have matched the pictures with corresponding verses from the Book of Ruth.
A major effort was made by the photographers to re-enact the story of Ruth, probably in the fields near Bethlehem. “Ruth,” we believe, was a young member of the American Colony community; the remaining “cast” were villagers from the Bethlehem area who were actually harvesting, threshing and winnowing their crops.
Unfortunately, we don’t know when the “Ruth and Boaz series” was photographed, but we estimate approximately 100 years ago.
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