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Why some synagogues use paper-cuts as decorations, how Israelis celebrate with water, and other lesser-known facts about this springtime holiday.

Shavuot 2020

In 2020, this holiday begins at sunset on May 28.

Daily Guide to Zoom Events, Livestreams and Other Online Resources

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Next Torah Portion


This reading describes God’s revelation to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai. The first part of the reading details God’s instructions to Moses about preparing the people to receive the Torah. The second part describes the giving of the Ten Commandments.

Shavuot Day 1 Reading

Exodus 19:1 - 20:23
Numbers 28:26 - 28:31

Ezekiel 1:1-28; 3:12

Soul Memories

What actually happened at Mount Sinai?

Videos @ MJL

Why Dairy on Shavuot?

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

How to Have Someone Buried in Israel

What to do if you or a loved one wants a final resting place in an Israeli cemetery.

Why Do So Many Orthodox Men Have Beards?

The Jewish reasons for facial hair, including sidelocks (payot).


Tres Leches Cake Recipe for Shavuot

A traditional Cuban cake made with three kinds of milk.


Cream cheese cookies

Kanafeh Cheesecake Recipe

A decadent Middle Eastern-inspired cheesecake.


Israeli Food Quiz

Can you tell your hummus from your shakshuka?

Sephardic Judaism Quiz

Sephardic Jews have a rich history, and over time they have developed their own traditions, customs, and laws.

Shavuot Quiz

How much do you know about this spring holiday?

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