Shavuot: The Wedding

In the arid wilderness
gazing awestruck
at Sinai’s jagged peak:
its summit seems to touch the sky
and at its base we stand
as joyful as a bride.

The wedding canopy, where
heaven and earth will be betrothed,
is bedecked in glorious flowers:
barrenness blossoming, life
transformed by the covenant
solemnly espoused this day.


According to the Midrash, Mount Sinai suddenly blossomed with flowers in anticipation of the giving of the Torah on its summit.
Shavuot is mystically referred to as the anniversary of the day when the bride (the nation of Israel) came under the chuppah (Mount Sinai) to marry the bridegroom (God); the ketubah (marriage contract) was the Torah.
In Isaiah 61:10, the prophet says, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom puts on a priestly diadem, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

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