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December 27, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
What holiday custom is derived from the episode with Moshe’s basket?
וְלֹא־יָכְלָ֣ה עוֹד֮ הַצְּפִינוֹ֒ וַתִּֽקַּֽח־לוֹ֙ תֵּ֣בַת גֹּ֔מֶא וַתַּחְמְרָ֥ה בַחֵמָ֖ר וּבַזָּ֑פֶת וַתָּ֤שֶׂם בָּהּ֙ אֶת־הַיֶּ֔לֶד וַתָּ֥שֶׂם בַּסּ֖וּף עַל־שְׂפַ֥ת הַיְאֹֽר׃
When she could hide him no longer, she got a wicker basket for him and caulked it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child into it and placed it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.
Moshe was born on the 7th of Adar.
After hiding him for three months, they put him in a basket and placed the basket in the Nile to “float among the reeds.”
The day they put the basket in the Nile, became the holiday of Shavuot 80 years later.
This is another reason why we decorate our homes and synagogue with greenery on Shavuot.
(Milim Chadetin cited in The Book of Our Heritage Vol 3 p. 73)
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