What is Shavuot?
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) commemorates the revelation of the Torah on Mt. Sinai to the Jewish people, and occurs on the 50th day after the 49 days of counting the Omer. Shavuot is one of the three biblically based pilgrimage holidays known as the shalosh regalim. It is associated with the grain harvest in the Torah.
How is Shavuot celebrated?
Shavuot is observed by abstaining from work and attending synagogue services. A few special readings are recited: a liturgical poem called Akdamut, which emphasizes the greatness of God; the Book of Ruth, because the story highlights one woman’s choice to join the Jewish people and accept the Torah; and the Ten Commandments, in honor of the revelation of the Torah. It is also customary to study Torah all night; this practice is called Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
What kinds of foods are eaten on Shavuot?
Traditional holiday meals on Shavuot center around dairy foods. Milk is considered to be a symbol of the Torah, which nourishes the people directly, as milk does for a baby. Popular Shavuot foods include cheesecake, blintzes, and kugels. Some Sephardic Jews make a seven-layered bread called siete cielos (seven heavens), which is supposed to represent Mt. Sinai.
What is the proper greeting for Shavuot?
The greeting for Shavuot is simply “Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday).
When is Shavuot?
Shavuot is observed on the 6th to 7th of the month of Sivan.
Shavuot occurs on the following dates:
Jewish Year 5781: Sunset May 28, 2020 – Nightfall May 30, 2020
Jewish Year 5782: Sunset May 16, 2021 – Nightfall May 18, 2021
Jewish Year 5783: Sunset June 4, 2022 – Nightfall June 6, 2022
Jewish Year 5784: Sunset May 25, 2023 – Nightfall May 27, 2023
Jewish Year 5785: Sunset June 11, 2024 – Nightfall June 13, 2024
Jewish Year 5786: Sunset June 1, 2025 – Nightfall June 3, 2025
Jewish Year 5787: Sunset May 21, 2026 – Nightfall May 23, 2026
Jewish Year 5788: Sunset June 10, 2027 – Nightfall June 12, 2027
Jewish Year 5789: Sunset May 30, 2028 – Nightfall June 1, 2028
Jewish Year 5790: Sunset May 19, 2029 – Nightfall May 21, 2029
Jewish Year 5791: Sunset June 6, 2030 – Nightfall June 8, 2030