Chag Shavuot Same’ach

Chag Shavuot Sameach

חג שבועות שמח
Chag Shavuot Sameach

The Jewish People are heading into another festival this weekend, with Shavuot running straight on from Shabbat and beginning on Saturday night (so I will be offline until Sunday night).

The festival commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai and is also known as the festival of the First Fruits.  It takes its name from the Hebrew word for “Weeks” – literally: Shavuot. The “weeks” are the 7 weeks we are instructed by G-d (ויקרא כ”ג:ט”ו – Lev. 23:15) to count, from the 2nd day of Pesach, a period known as the Omer. At the end of these 7 weeks, a measurement (Omer) of first fruits (bikurim) were brought as a sacrifice to the Temple.

It is customary to stay up all night, or at least part of the night and learn Torah, including the Tikun Leil Shavuot. Synagogues have all-night study sessions, as do schools, youth groups and social groups.

Megillat Ruth – the Book of Ruth – is read in the synagogue during the day because the story takes place at the time of the harvest, and also because Ruth took upon herself the Jewish religion, just like the Jewish people took upon themselves the Torah itself.

Homes and synagogues are adorned with flowers and greenery to commemorate how Mt. Sinai burst into flower in honour of the Torah.  But for me the best part of the festival is the tradition to eat dairy foods, particularly cheesecake (my favourite!).

Have a good weekend everybody and חג שמח!

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3 Responses to Chag Shavuot Same’ach

  1. annediamond1 says:

    Good Yomtov from Anne Diamond

  2. reality says:

    & what a lovely chag it was too! Thanks for the meal on chag -twas delicious! One of the nicest things you see here is that hundrededs of people, men, women, children, teenagers are all walking to Torah classes at around 1 30 am & keep on going all through the night .( I must add that we all felt very safe Thank G-d). My young son (almost 14)came home at 7 10 after davening(morning prayers) having stayed up all through the night learning in his school. Lots of high school teachers invite the kids to learn all night at their houses, provide them with coffee , cake, blintzes, pillows to fall asleep on if neccessary & go over all the years work prior to the final Torah or Tnach( bible study) exam. What a wonderful country we live in!

  3. annediamond1 says:

    you are so very lucky, we had good weather for the first time since March, so there is an air of spring and summer……. lets hope on the 21st of August it will be great my son gets married that day.

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