Posted by: Stacey Herman on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 4:20:00 pm

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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.  shavout-table-imageWe 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?

  1. Light candles on the first and second night.

  2. Stay up all night learning Torah on the first night

  3. Attend synagogue on the first day to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments.

  4. No work is permitted on this holiday

  5. It is customary to eat dairy foods

  6. Yizkor is recited on the second day.

  7. Read The Book of Ruth, because the events in this book occur at harvest time and so does Shavuot.

  8. Decorate your home with greenery.

  9. Many Hebrew high schools will have the 10th grade confirmation class ceremony the first night.

Chag Sameah!
Shalom Stacey

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