Why is it customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot? Some derive the practice directly from scripture, saying we eat dairy to symbolize the "land flowing with milk and honey" promised to the Israelites, or that "milk and honey are under your tongue" (Song of Songs 4:11). Try this custom out this year—Shavuot begins at sunset on May 23 and ends on the evening of May 25.Read More
Brush up on the basics of Shavuot.Celebrate Shavuot At Home
No Jewish laws govern home practices on Shavuot, but there is a custom to eat cheese.Shavuot In the Community
Some of the customs associated with Shavuot display remnants of an agricultural tradition.Themes and Theology
Shavuot is a festival that highlights the fundamental truth of the Torah.Shavuot For Kids
A revelation they'll beg for year after year.
Traditions & RitualsFew Rituals
The focus of the holiday is theological.The Book of Ruth
A special reading for Shavuot.Confirmation
A modern addition to Shavuot.Nighttime Learning
The all-nighter is an observance that developed on Shavuot.The Ten Commandments
The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.
In all likelihood Shavuot was not celebrated until after the first Temple was built.Biblical Shavuot
The nature of the festival changes over the course of time.Shavuot in the Rabbinic Period
Shavuot takes on a new name and meaning.Medieval Shavuot
Historical events and the development of mysticism leave their mark on this festival.Modern Shavuot Observances
New ceremonies and rituals are introduced.