Shavuot

Shavuot in Modern Times

New ceremonies and rituals are introduced.

Shavuot 2021

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

Shavuot 101

Shavuot commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

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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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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.

Tallit (The Prayer Shawl)

The corner fringes on this ritual garment remind the wearer of all the commandments in the Torah.

Recipes

My Grandmother’s Chicken Paprikash Recipe

A fail-safe, flavorful chicken dinner.

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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