Begins Saturday, May 8, 2019 at sundown | Ends Sunday, May 9, 2019 at sundown
Shavuot, also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Torah, dates from biblical times, and helps to explain the holiday's name, "Weeks." The Torah tells us it took precisely forty-nine days for our ancestors to travel from Egypt to the foot of Mount Sinai (the same number of days as the Counting of the Omer) where they were to receive the Torah. Thus, Leviticus 23:21 commands: "And you shall proclaim that day (the fiftieth day) to be a holy convocation!" The name Shavuot, "Weeks," then symbolizes the completion of a seven-week journey.
Find the resources you need to run a program, create a traditional recipe and connect Shavuot to contemporary social action issues.
Shavuot Resources from the Religious Action Center (RAC)
Commemorate the covenant between God and the Jewish people by renewing your commitment to social justice!
A Social Justice Shavuot
This guide focuses on four issues connected with Shavuot: economic justice, the environment, world Jewry and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) issues and advocacy.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
This tradition includes staying up all night to study Torah and Mishnah, a custom called Tikkun Leil Shavuot, which symbolizes our commitment to the Torah, and that we are always ready and awake to receive the Torah.
It's a tradition to eat sweet dairy goods on Shavuot. Make sure you have the latest tasty recipes to impress your friends and family.