The Shavuot or Shovuos is a Jewish holiday known as the Feast of Weeks in English. Shavuot always occurs on the sixth day of Sivan, which is the third month of the Jewish calendar. It marks the harvest season for wheat, and it also celebrates the anniversary of when G-d gave the Torah to the Hebrews at Mount Sinai.
Shavuot is not a widely celebrated holiday even though it comes seven weeks after the Passover, which is the most important of the Jewish holidays. Though Shavuot is not the most widespread holiday, places like Mizelmuseum.org close their doors in observance.
Shavuot is celebrated in Israel and among traditional Jewish families. It combines the celebration of the grain harvest and presentation of the Divine Law to Moses and the Israelites. As a pilgrimage festival, Shavuot focuses on the community.
On this day, people prepare various dairy dishes, including milk and cheese products. The most popular dishes include cheesecakes and blintzes.
It is customary to decorate the home with fresh flowers as a reminder of the spring harvest. After all, the earliest Shavuot ritual involved taking the first harvest to the temple and presenting them to G-d.
Teaching Children About the Torah
In 2016, Shavuot will begin on the 11th of June and end on the 13th. Children have an important role in Shavuot. It is important to bring young children into the synagogue to hear the Ten Commandments. Children are beloved to G-d and are the guarantors that the Torah will be observed.
Some of the special readings you can expect to hear at the synagogue are excerpts from the Book of Ruth, as well as medieval poems or piyyutim. Expect to learn more about the Torah on this special day, to be enjoyed with friends and family.