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Transcript of Shavuot
What does this holiday stand for? What does it mean?
The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jews. Given from God, the Torah is celebrated every year to renew the acceptance of gifts from God.
The word Shavuot means "weeks"- standing for the 7 week counting period between the Passover and Shavuot. It also stands for "oaths". This is because God devoted himself to us, and we devote ourselves to him.
When does it occur?
Shavuot is not tied to a particular calendar date, but to a counting from the Passover. Shavuot occurs seven weeks after the Passover because the length of the months used to be a variable, determined by observing of the Jewish calendar. There are two new moons between the Passover and Shavuot. Shavuot could occur on the 5th or 6th of Sivan. Now that calendars are mathematically made and the months between the Passover and Shavuot do not change the length on the mathematical calendar, Shavuot is always on the 6th of Sivan (the 6th and 7th outside of Israel.)
How long does it last?
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Eating cheese and other dairy foods is customary during Shavuot
Some people take it right out of scripture.
The "land flowing with milk and honey" that was promised to the Israelites
What happens on Shavuot?
Like any other holiday, there are special meals and certain traditions done during Shavuot.
On the first night of Shavuot, it is customary to stay up all night learning about the Torah.
Everyone is encouraged to go to the synagogue to hear the readings of the Ten Commandments.
Shavuot will occur on the following days of the secular calendar:
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•Jewish Year 5776: sunset June 11, 2016 - nightfall June 13, 2016
•Jewish Year 5777: sunset May 30, 2017 - nightfall June 1, 2017
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It is also a celebration of the Land of Israel giving thanks to God for the fruits and vegetables that the Promised Land produces.
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In the Torah, the Jews were given instructions to give the "first fruits" and bring them to the temple and present them to the priest. The first fruits include the seven species that the Land of Israel is praised for.
According to Deuteronomy 8:8 the seven species that belong to the "first fruits " are: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and grapes.
What Isn't Allowed During Shavuot
During Shavuot, there is to be no "work" done.
Also, due to receiving the Torah (including the Kosher laws), the Jewish cannot cook meats in their pots ---> Leads to why they eat dairy foods during Shavuot.
The Yizkor memorial service is recited on the second day of Shavuot.
During both days of the holiday, both women and girls light candles.
Flowers also hold significance to Shavuot. On the night when Shavuot begins, Jews decorate their houses with flowers and other plants.
Shavuot is also an agricultural holiday. The first fruits were brought to the Temple in a basket that was decorated with leaves and flowers. The color green associated with plants is a symbol that the Torah is "a tree of life to those who hold fast to it" (Proverbs 3:18).