Shavuot

Why Dairy on Shavuot?

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

Did Moses Write the Torah?

Although modern traditionalist Judaism uniformly affirms the divinity of the Torah, classical sources disagree on what role Moses had in its production.

Is Shavuot One or Two Days Long?

The answer depends on where you live.

Why is Shavuot Significant?

It's probably a bigger deal than you think.

What is the Meaning of the Word “Shavuot”?

The name of this holiday has more to do with when it falls than what it is about.

What Happens on Shavuot?

Rituals for the holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah.

Prayers for Shavuot

What to look forward to in synagogue on Shavuot.

What Texts Do We Read on Shavuot?

Special scriptural readings for the Festival of Weeks.

Shavuot History: Talmudic Development

How the Rabbis brought Sinai and the Torah to the center of what had been a harvest celebration.

Is Shavuot the Jewish Pentecost?

Shavuot goes by many names, but Pentecost is not usually one of them.

What are Other Names for Shavuot?

For a holiday that is only one or two days long, “weeks” seems a strange name.

How to Greet Someone on Shavuot

Traditional greetings for the holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah.