Israelis are celebrating the Biblical holiday of Shavuot, known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. (See “israel today” magazine, June 2005, p.13). Shavuot celebrates the wheat harvest and is one of the three feasts of pilgrimage following Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) and Passover. Judaism teaches that God gave the Torah (Law) to Moses on Mt. Sinai on Shavuot. Thousands of Israelis are taking a long holiday weekend, and beaches and national parks are packed. Fearing terrorist attacks, Israel has sealed off Judea, Samaria and Gaza during the holiday, barring Palestinians from entering the country. (There will be no “israel today” update tomorrow because of the holiday).