In 2017 Shavuot begins at sunset on Tuesday, May 30 and ends on the evening of Thursday, June 1. Find out why it is customary to eat dairy foods on this holiday.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.
Cream cheese pancakes.Cheesecake
A very dairy treat.Cheese Lokshen Kugel
This deliciously creamy noodle dish is a specialty of Shavuot.Rugelach
Cream cheese cookies.Vegan Lemon Cheesecake
Not being able to eat dairy doesn't mean you have to miss out on cheesecake.Sour Cherry Soup
A sweet first course or refreshing alternative to heavier desserts.
Traditions and 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.