Shavuot 2017

Everything you need to know about this holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah.

Shavuot 2017 begins at sunset on Tuesday, May 30 and ends on the evening of Thursday, June 1.

What is Shavuot?

Shavuot, the feast of weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after the second Passover seder. Although Shavuot began as an ancient grain harvest festival, the holiday has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

For more about the history of Shavuot click here.

What are some customs and practices for Shavuot?

– To commemorate the giving of the Torah at Sinai there is a tradition of staying up all night studying Jewish texts in what is called a tikkun.

– On Shavuot the Book of Ruth is read.

– Traditionally dairy foods are eaten on Shavuot.

– In order to mark the agricultural history of Shavuot, some decorate their house and synagogues with a floral theme.

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Shavuot 101

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

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.

What Texts Do We Read on Shavuot?

Special scriptural readings for the Festival of Weeks.