Shavuot 2020

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

In 2020, Shavuot begins at sunset on Thursday, May 28 and ends at sundown on Saturday, May 30.

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.


Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2020: Learn into the night on Shavuot with My Jewish Learning! Join us on Thursday, May 28, from 8 p.m. through 1 a.m. Eastern time.


Learn more about the history of Shavuot 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.

Shavuot in Modern Times

New ceremonies and rituals are introduced.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

The all-nighter is an observance that developed on 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.

The Story of the Book of Ruth

An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.

Why Read Ezekiel on Shavuot?

Tradition connects the prophet's vision to the revelation at Sinai.

The Ten Commandments

The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.