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  Shavuot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shavuot was thus the concluding festival of the grain harvest, just as the eighth day of Sukkot (Tabernacles) was the concluding festival of the fruit harvest.
Shavuot was also the day on which the Bikkurim (first fruits from the seven species for which Israel is praised) were brought to the Temple in Jerusalem by each individual.
Shavuot is unlike other Jewish holidays in that it has no prescribed mitzvot (Torah commandments) other than the traditional festival observances of abstention from work, special prayer services and holiday meals.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Shavuot   (2625 words)

 Shavuot - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Shavuot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the Christian church, Shavuot (Pentecost) was the day on which the apostles experienced inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Shavuot signifies the spiritual freedom granted to the Jews under the rule of God's law, or Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible).
Shavuot is the next day after the seven weeks; this is the 50th day, hence the name ‘Pentecost’.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Shavuot   (271 words)

 Shavuot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shavuot is the second of the shalosh regalim, the three annual pilgrimage holidays of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, when Jews from all over Israel and beyond converged onto Jerusalem to celebrate and bring temple offerings.
And, since the Jewish calendar is fixed, and Shavuot was already set aside as a holiday, the focus of the holiday began to shift to Mattan Torah, the giving of the Torah, which, the Torah records, took place in Sivan, the month of Shavuot.
In addition, two important religious scrolls are read on Shavuot: The Book of Ruth, the story of Ruth, a Moabite woman, who voluntarily chose Judaism and because of her kindness, became the great-grandmother of King David, who is said to have been born on and died on the day of Shavuot.
www.everythingjewish.com /Shavuot/origins.htm   (1752 words)

The Festival of Shavuot - Hag Matan Torah - is cited in the Torah as a festival of nature and of agriculture.
On Shavuot the People of Israel concluded the barley harvest and commenced the wheat harvest, since in Eretz Yisrael the month of Sivan signals the end of spring and the beginning of summer.
The Torah does not indicate the date of Shavuot, since it is fixed as the fiftieth day of the Omer (Leviticus 23:16), and always falls on the sixth of Sivan.
www.jafi.org.il /education/festivls/shavuot/2.html   (825 words)

 Karaite Korner - Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)
Shavuot is also referred to in the Torah as Hag HaKatzir (Feast of Harvest) [Ex 23,16] and Yom HaBikurim (Day of Firstfruits) [Nu 28,26].
In Post-Biblical times Shavuot was believed to be the anniversary of the Revelation at Sinai, but there is no basis for this in the Tanach (Hebrew Bible).
Like Shavuot, the exact date of the Revelation of Sinai is not specified,and it is tempting to connect the two.
www.karaite-korner.org /shavuot.shtml   (1509 words)

 Shavuot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shavuot (weeks), also known as Pentecost (the 50th day), is held at the end of 49 day (7 week) period of Omer.
Among Orthodox and Conservative Jews Shavuot is a two day holiday which is observed on the 6th and 7th days of Sivan (May-June).
Beginning in the second century, however, Shavuot was transformed into a historic festival to commemorate the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
collections.ic.gc.ca /art_context/shavuot.htm   (338 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Holidays: Shavuot
Shavuot, the Feast of “Weeks,” is celebrated seven weeks after Pesach (Passover).
Although its origins are to be found in an ancient grain harvest festival, Shavuot has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
And finally, Shavuot is one of the holidays on which both Hallel, the Psalms of Praise, is recited and Yizkor, the memorial service, is observed.
www.myjewishlearning.com /holidays/Shavuot/PrimerShavuot.htm?GL=true   (428 words)

 Shavuot at Etz Chaim   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shavuot is the culmination of the seven-week-long "counting of the Omer" that occurs following Passover.
On Shavuot, it is customary to decorate the synagogue with branches and flowers.
The Bible also associates Shavuot with the harvest of wheat and fruits, and marks the bringing of the first fruits to the Holy Temple as an expression of thanksgiving.
www.etzchaimusa.org /shavuot.html   (601 words)

 Shavuot (Jewish)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shavuot ("weeks") is one of three Pilgrim Festivals (along with Passover and Sukkot) in the Jewish calendar.
Shavuot is also known as the Feast of Weeks because it occurs seven weeks after the first day of Passover.
Originally, Shavuot was a time of bringing the first fruits of harvest to Jerusalem as a show of thanks but has since transformed into the anniversary of the day the Torah was given to the Jewish people.
www3.kumc.edu /diversity/ethnic_relig/shavuot.html   (114 words)

Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, is the second of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Passover and Sukkot).
Shavuot is also sometimes known as Pentecost, because it falls on the 50th day.
Shavuot is not tied to a particular calendar date, but to a counting from Passover.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/Judaism/holidayc.html   (462 words)

 Shavuot: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shavuot was thus the concluding festival of the grain harvest, EHandler: no quick summary.
(Shavuot is the second of the three festivals to be celebrated at the sanctuary.
The Shavuot prayers have references to this and particularly to the precepts deduced from the Torah Torah quick summary:
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/sh/shavuot.htm   (3025 words)

 Kolel: Jewish Holidays > Shavuot
According to Nogah Hareuveni, a leading scholar in the field of Israel’s botany and Bible, this period of sefirat ha’omer coincides with Israel’s spring in April and early May. This brief transitional season between the rainy winter and the hot, dry summer is a season of erratic and unpredictable weather.
This practice, called a Tikkun Leil Shavuot is based on a Midrash that explains that the Israelites slept late on the morning of the revelation at Sinai, and thus almost missed the giving of Torah.
Other customs include decorating the synagogue for Shavuot with flowers and green plants, again echoing the ancient holiday of the "first fruits," and "Confirmation," a relatively new ritual (only a hundred years or so) through which teenagers are given the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to Jewish life and living.
www.kolel.org /pages/holidays/Shavuot_intro.html   (1730 words)

 Annie's Shavuot Page
Shavuot, pronounced shah VOO oht or pronounced shah voo OHT, is a Jewish festival that celebrates the day the Ten Commandments--the foundation of Jewish written and oral law--were revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai.
On Shavuot, it is traditional to read the Book of Ruth, the story of a Moabite woman who follows her mother-in-law Naomi and converts to Judaism.
Shavuot is the holiday that occurs at the end of the counting of the omer, the seven weeks following Passover during which the days are counted to the first harvest of wheat and barley.
www.annieshomepage.com /shavuot.html   (1572 words)

 Shavuot on Virtual Jerusalem
Shavuot is simply the culmination of the counting specified in the Bible: "Seven weeks shall you count.
Shavuot customs reflect the fact that this was the day on which the Jewish people embraced the Torah.
On Shavuot we read the Ten Commandments in synagogue and study Torah throughout the night, learning as much as possible.
www.virtualjerusalem.com /jewish_holidays/shavuot/sinai.htm   (187 words)

 Beit HaChatulim Celebrates Shavuot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Another thing that sets Shavuot apart from the other Pilgrimage festivals is that Sukkot and Pesach both require a fair amount of physical preparation.
Shavuot requires virtually no physical preparation - we might decorate with a few flowers or branches and cook a special meal, but there's no big deal about this holiday as there is for the others.
Apart from that, Shavuot is mainly a pleasant holiday that comes each year when the weather is starting to become reliable.
www.geocities.com /Heartland/Hills/1259/shavuot.htm   (234 words)

 Shavuot: An Overview
Shavuot is Hebrew for "weeks." Seven weeks are counted from the day following the beginning of Passover for a total of 49 days.
On Shavuot a different sort of ritual was performed with the first of the wheat.
Shavuot, along with the other two festivals, was a time of oleh regel (literally, going up on foot).
www.mazornet.com /jewishcl/holidays/shavuot/overview.htm   (999 words)

 Beth El on Shavuot
Shavuot is one of the major festivals of Judaism, a "Yom Tov." In contrast to Pesah, the most widely celebrated Jewish Holiday among American Jews, the celebration of Shavuot is comparatively muted.
Many of the world's religions have fallen by the wayside of history; to survive a religion must evolve to be relevant and compelling to the people of the current day.
Shavuot is therefore a very appropriate time from a religious standpoint to hold the Confirmation ceremony.
ma002.urj.net /shavuot.html   (686 words)

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The Bible does not specifically identify Shavuot with a historic event, but tradition associates it with the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
For this reason it is also known as Zman Mattan Toratenu, or "the Season of the giving of our Torah." It is said that although the children of Israel were freed at Passover, their minds remained enslaved to idolatrous ideas until they received the Torah.
Shavuot is the day of the sacrifice of the firstfruits, where the first loaves from the new grain were offered on the altar.
www.amfi.org /shavuot.htm   (599 words)

 Jewish Holidays: Shavuot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the Diaspora, Shavuot is observed as a two-day festival on the sixth and seventh days of the Jewish month of Sivan.
Shavuot is observed as a one-day holiday in Israel and by many Reform Jewish congregations.
On the Jewish calendar, Shavuot marks the conclusion of a seven-week period known as sefirat ha-Omer, the counting of the Omer.
www.jewishla.org /html/shavuotholiday.htm   (307 words)

Shavuot is a triple holiday: the Feast of Weeks (culmination of the 50 day counting of the Omer), celebrating the harvest season in Israel; and the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
Shavuot is one of the three Jewish pilgrim holidays, where the Israelites would gather in Jerusalem for celebration and prayer.
Shavuot at JOI - a light overview of Shavuot by the Jewish Outreach Organization (a group that develops outreach programming to help include unaffiliated Jews into the Jewish community).
www.bnaiemet.org /holidays/shavuot   (367 words)

 What is Shavuot? | Chabad.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Shavuot is the second of the three major festivals (Passover being the first and Sukkot the third) and comes exactly fifty days after Passover.
The word Shavuot means "weeks": It marks the completion of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot (the 'Omer' period) during which the Jewish people prepared themselves for the giving of the Torah.
Shavuot also means "oaths", with the giving of the Torah, the Jewish people and G-d exchanged oaths, forming an everlasting covenant, not to forsake one another.
www.chabad.org /library/article.asp?AID=2150   (387 words)

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