Shavuot in Modern Times

New ceremonies and rituals are introduced.

Shavuot 2020

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

Daily Guide to Zoom Events, Livestreams and Other Online Resources

As the coronavirus pandemic forces many of us into our homes, new opportunities are being created every day to connect ...

Next Torah Portion


This reading includes the biblical commandment to consecrate the first-born males of the flock to God. It then turns to the commandment to observe three pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot, and enumerates the laws prohibiting the consumption of leavened products on Passover.


Deuteronomy 15:19 - 16:17
Numbers 28:26 - 28:31

Habakkuk 3:1-19

You Shall Be Joyful

The Torah seems to command us to be happy, but are our feelings within our control?

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.

Koshary: Egyptian Lentil and Rice Recipe

An Egyptian specialty, this dish is considered low-brow, but looks festive enough for a special meal.

Kanafeh Cheesecake Recipe

A decadent Middle Eastern-inspired cheesecake.


Israeli Food Quiz

Can you tell your hummus from your shakshuka?

Sex & Sexuality Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish perspectives on sex?

Shavuot Quiz

How much do you know about this spring holiday?

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