Shavuot

What Ruth Can Teach Us About Celebrating Shavuot

The Jewish people accepted the Torah in fear of God's overwhelming power. Ruth accepted it out of love and loyalty.

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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Summary

In the Torah portion Behar, God describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. God permits the use of slaves but provides stipulations including the obligation to eventually free your slaves. In Bechukotai, God tells the people of Israel that if they follow God’s commandments, they will be provided with rain to feed their crops. God then describes the long list of punishments that will be inflicted on the Israelites if they do not follow God’s laws.

Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

Leviticus 25:1 - 27:34

Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14

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