Shavuot

Shavuot in Modern Times

New ceremonies and rituals are introduced.

Shavuot 2021

In 2021, this holiday begins at sunset on May 16.

What Is the Temple Mount?

Holy to both Jews and Muslims, this area in Jerusalem's Old City has been a focal point of inter-religious tension for decades.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to conduct a census of all the Israelite men over the age of 20. Moses takes up a second census to count all of the Levite men. God gives specific instructions to the Levites about their roles in the Tent of Meeting.

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Parashat Bamidbar

Numbers 1:1 - 4:20

Hosea 2:1 - 2:22

Parashat Bamidbar: When Women Are Invisible

How do we make sense of the census commanded in this Torah portion, which specifies only men be counted?

Videos

Why Do Jews Put Stones on Graves?

Learn the reasons for this distinctive mourning practice.

Why Dairy on Shavuot?

A survey of the many explanations given for the tradition of eating milk products.

Is Mah-Jongg a Jewish Game?

This Chinese parlor game found Jewish enthusiasts in the Catskills.

Recipes

Kanafeh Cheesecake Recipe

A decadent Middle Eastern-inspired cheesecake.

Koofteh (Persian Meatballs) in Tomato Turmeric Broth Recipe

Koofteh are Persian meatballs with many different variations, including lima beans or meatballs mixed with only rice, or in this ...

How to Make Perfect Cheesecake 5 Ways

Cheesecake is the iconic Shavuot dessert, as sacrosanct as a Hanukkah latke or Passover matzah ball.

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Why Shavuot Has Few Rituals

The focus is theological.

Why is Shavuot Significant?

It's probably a bigger deal than you think.

What Happens on Shavuot?

Rituals for the holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah.