Every spring, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, a two-day holiday, beginning at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan. Meaning “weeks,” Shavuot marks the completion of the seven-week counting period that began with Passover.
Shavuot is a time in which we celebrate and renew our acceptance of the Torah, which was given to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago – a moment our sages have compared to a wedding between God and the Jewish people. Shavuot also means “oath” and on this day God swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him.
Like all Jewish holidays, Shavuot is associated with a number of laws and customs. Here are a few:
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