DANCE! SING! STUDY? - SHAVUOT IS ALMOST HERE!
So what are you going to do to celebrate the anniversary of when the Jews received the Torah at Mount Sinai? Study Torah until dawn? Eat bagels, blintzes, and cheesecake? Maybe dance with a tambourine? All of those are just fine for Shavuot, the holiday that marks the day (THE DAY!?!?!) when the Jews received the Torah — the 5 Books of Moses.
As for this image, it’s perhaps a bit earlier in the story. Miriam’s Song occurs just after the Jews escaping Egypt crossed the divinely-split Red Sea. Miriam, seen here holding a tambourine, is leading the women of the group in singing and dancing to celebrate their the Hebrews’ first moments of freedom.
You may ask, when did they receive the Torah? A few pages later.
Miriam’s Song by Samuel Hirszenberg
Poland?/Jerusalem? YU Museum (1975.021)