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Traditional Shavuoth Vigil Revived at Center of Israel Chief Rabbinate

The traditional vigil of Jewish scholars on the eve of Shavuoth, the holiday commemorating Revelation, was revived this week-end at the new center of the Israel Chief Rabbinate here with 63 scholars reading sections of the commentaries to groups of vigil keepers.

Mt. Zion, where boughs and flowers were picked to adorn the synagogues for the holiday was also open to vigil keepers ant to a nightlong parade of pilgrims who visited the reputed last resting place of Biblical King David.

Late last week, in advance of the holiday, settlements throughout the Israeli country-side held traditional harvesting ceremonies, including the cutting of grain. The ceremonies also featured singing and folk dancing.