Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
Shavuot is also named the Feast of the Weeks is held exactly seven weeks after Passover. The holiday celebrates the harvest season in Israel and is known also as Chag Habikkurim‚ or the Holiday of the First Fruits‚ because it is the time the farmers of would bring their first harvest to the Temple as a token of thanksgiving.
It is customary to read The Book of Ruth on Shavuot. The act of Ruth's conversion took place during the harvest season. It is a story of loyalty‚ love‚ kindness‚ the value of persons‚ and the need to understanding one another.
Another custom is to remain awake the entire night of Shavuot and to engage in Torah study. The Shavuot night Tikkun‚ order of study‚ includes all portions of the Torah.
Eating dairy meals on Shavuot has become an tradition. We have written down some dairy recipes for Shavuot that you can access by clicking the link.
Enhance the festivity with special tablecloths‚ glass and resin dishes‚ decorated with the seven species.
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