Shavuot (or Pentecost) is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan – usually late May or early June. It was on this day that the Ten Commandments were revealed to Moses at Mount Sinai.

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When does the counting of the omer begin?

We begin counting the Omer the day after Passover. Interestingly, the Sudacees (old strand of Judaism, no longer in existence) rejected the notion of the oral law, and so they began the count on the day after the Shabbat following Passover. Sudacees aside, all the main Jewish holidays are considered 'Shabbat' as no work is done on them, and therefore the counting of the Omer begins the day following the 'Shabbat' of Pasach. However, the Sudacees did not consider that the holidays were really 'Shabbat', so if, for instance, Pasach fell on a monday, they would wait until the day following the next Saturday (the following Sunday) before beginning the count.

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If Shavuot commemorates the wheat harvest why do you read the story of Ruth and the barley harvest?

Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mt Sinai and its acceptance by the Jewish people.

The story of Ruth is read because Ruth was a convert to Judaism and accepted the Torah voluntarily.

Shavuot is also referred to as the festival of harvesting - as it falls in the beginning of the summer.

Background info:

Shavuot has several different names in the Bible. In Exodus 34:22 and Deuteronomy 16:10 it is referred to as Chag Shavuot, "Feast of Weeks," one of the harvest festivals on which pilgrims brought offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. In Numbers 28:26 it is called Yom ha-Bikkurim or "Day of the First Fruits"; Shavuot was a celebration of the harvest of the first fruits of late spring; and dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, and olives, in addition to wheat and barley, were brought to the Temple by worshipers. In Exodus 23:16 Shavuot is called Chag ha-Katzir, meaning the "Harvest Feast"; Shavuot occurred at the conclusion to the barley harvest, which had begun at Passover, and began the early spring wheat harvest, since in Israel the month of Sivan signals the end of spring and the beginning of summer. The wheat-harvest aspect of Shavuot was observed by bringing to the Temple an offering of two bread loaves baked from the new grain harvest. The pilgrims who came to Jerusalem would gather and celebrate the festival joyously. The commandment to celebrate this holiday is found in Leviticus 23:15-21.

What happens at shavuot?

People celebrate when God Gave the Jewish people the Torah.

What did the Jewish people do in Passover Shavuot Rosh Hashana Yom Kippur and Succot festivals?

The same as what they still do.

  • On Rosh Hashanah, the shofar (ram's horn) is blown, to mark the beginning of the Jewish year.
  • Yom Kippur is a fast day on which Jews pray for forgiveness for all their sins. No eating, drinking, or bathing is allowed. Wearing leather shoes is also prohibited.
  • On Pesach leavened bread, cakes, pasta etc. are forbidden and unleavened Matzah is substituted. Passover begins with the Seder-meal commemorating and retelling the story of the Exodus. Matzah and ceremonial foods are eaten at the Seder. See the attached Related Link.
  • On Shavuot the custom is to stay up all night studying Torah to mark the date that God gave the Ten Commandments.
  • On Sukkot Jews eat all their meals in outdoor arbor-canopied booths (Sukkah) in order to commemorate the Israelites' wanderings in the desert. Some will also sleep in the Sukkah. During the morning prayers on these days, we take the 4 minim consisting of a Lulav (young palm branch), an Etrog (Citrus Medica; citron), three Haddassim (Myrtle branches) and two Aravot (willow branches).
  • On Hanukkah the 8-branched menora is lit in the home; on the first night one candle, on the 2nd night 2 candles, until all 8 candles are lit on the 8th night.
  • On Purim the story of Esther is read from a Megillat-Esther scroll and food baskets are given to friends and charity to the poor.

Can you wear tefillin on Shavuot?

No. Tefillin are not worn on holidays, including Shavuot, or on the Sabbath.

Where did shavuot originate from?

Shavout (weeks) is the moed (appointment) where we count 7 Shabbat's after the offering of the 1st fruits, and celebrate on the day after the last shabbat.

Leviticus 23:15 "'From the day after the Sabbath (which is the day of the offering of the first-fruits), the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to YHWH. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to YHWH. 18 Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to YHWH, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings-a food offering, an aroma pleasing to YHWH. 19 Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering[c] and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering. 20 The priest is to wave the two lambs before YHWH as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to YHWH for the priest. 21 On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live."

Why do Jews celebrate pentecost?

Jews celebrate Shavuot because the Torah commands it (Leviticus ch.23). It was the day when Moses received the gift of the Torah/ten commandment on mount Sinai and they also celebrated it because of its harvest. This holiday has nothing to do with the Christian holiday of Pentecost.


In Judaism, Pentecost is known as Shavuot. It commemorates when God Gave the Torah to Moses & the Children of Israel.

Who are the most famous Jewish people in the world?

Albert Einstein, Anne Frank, Marilyn Monroe, Neil Diamond, Isla Fisher, Rachel Stevens

What country did Shavuot originate in?

The Shavuot celebration originated in Israel and they celebrate a feast.

Do you wear white clothes on Shavuot?

Yes, you do wear white clothes on Shavuot. Those students who are participating in their confirmation ceremony should wear white, but it is not required.

In Israel, kids wear white and bring decorated baskets filled with fruit and vegetables along with a dairy treat. They wear a wreath of flowers around their heads, and sing related holiday songs and enjoy a dairy meal along with the fresh produce.

What is Shavuot?

A feast held on the sixth and seventh days of Sivan in commemoration of the revelation of the Law on Mount Sinai and the celebration of the wheat festival in ancient times

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Shavuot is the fiftieth day after the passover. See Leviticus ch.23 and Deuteronomy ch.16.

On Shavuot, Jewish people have a meal with dairy products such as cheese milk cheesecake etc.

How many days is Shavuot?

In Israel . . . 1 day

Outside of Israel . . . 2 days

What are 2 different events on Shavuot?

The feast of weeks and the giving of the Torah.

When is Shavuot?

Shavuot is on the 6th day of Sivan (of the Jewish lunar calendar). Within Israel, the holiday is celebrated for 1 day. Outside of Israel, the holiday is celebrated for 2 days (that is, on the 6th and 7th days of the month of Sivan).

Although it falls out differently every year on the solar, secular calendar, in 2010, it falls out on the 19th (and 20th) of May. In 2011 it falls on the 8th (and 9th) of June.

But regardless of the actual date, it always falls in the spring (May/June time).

How long does Shavuot Last?

In Israel, Shavuot is 1 day. In the diaspora, it is 2 days.

How are shavuot sukkot and pesach connected?

These moadim (appointmented times) of God reflect the story of Moshe (Moses) and the Israelites.

Pesach is the 1st festival of the calendar. It is the day when God passed over the homes of those who put the blood of the pesach on the doors. The pesah is a sacrifice of a 1 year old male lamb.

Shavuot is the end of the counting from the days after Pesach for 7 weeks plus 1 day. On that 50th day is the festival of Shavuot (weeks). 2 loaves of bread and various sacrifices were offered. This is the day that God gave the people the 10 commandments.

Sukkot is a week spent in foliage-covered booths. This is a remembrance of the 40 years of wandering the wilderness the people had to do after given the 10 commandments.