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Jewish Holidays

CELEBRATING THE JEWISH YEAR

Shavuot

Begins Saturday Evening, May 23

Shavuot was originally an ancient harvest festival celebrating the grain crop. In Hebrew, Shavuot means "weeks" and the holiday is celebrated seven weeks after Passover begins. Shavuot is also recognized as the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai therefore Shavuot celebrations are centered on Torah study and other Jewish learning. On the first night of the holiday it is not uncommon for the most observant Jews to stay up all night studying Jewish texts. One of the traditional texts is the book of Ruth. Reform Jews choose Shavuot as the holiday on which to hold Confirmation ceremonies, where teens reaffirm their Jewish beliefs. Dairy foods are traditionally eaten on Shavuot, especially cheese blintzes and cheesecake! 

 

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