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The Holiday of Shavuot begins on the evening of May 14 and lasts for 2 days. On the Hebrew calendar this is the 6th and 7th of Sivan. We commemorate the day G-d gave the Jewish people the Torah at Mt. Sinai.
The word Shavuot means “weeks”. Shavuot is the completion of the 7 week counting period between Passover and Shavuot. Shavuot also means “oaths”. G-d swore eternal devotion to us when he gave us the Torah, and we pledged everlasting loyalty to Him.
What do we do on the Holiday of Shauvot?
- Light candles on the first and second night.
- Stay up all night learning Torah on the first night
- Attend synagogue on the first day to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments.
- No work is permitted on this holiday
- It is customary to eat dairy foods
- Yizkor is recited on the second day.
- Read The Book of Ruth, because the events in this book occur at harvest time and so does Shavuot.
- Decorate your home with greenery.
- Many Hebrew high schools will have the 10th grade confirmation class ceremony the first night.
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