Shavuot | פנים


Shavuot, on the borderline between the spring and the summer, is celebrated on the 6 th of

Sivan. The origin of the holiday's name is in the seven weeks counted from Pesach, called the

Counting of the Omer. Other names include 'The Harvest Festival' as reminder of the first

wheat harvest that was brought to the Temple on this day, and the 'Festival of the First

Fruits' – for the first of the summer fruits brought to the Temple. Another name given by the

Sages is 'The Holiday of the Giving of the Torah' in accordance with the tradition that

considers this date as the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. It is for this

reason that it is customary to study Torah throughout the night, a practice which has gained

in popularity in recent years and spread throughout the country. Megillat Ruth is read on

Shavuot and it is customary to eat dairy products, the Torah being likened to milk. At

kibbutzim, moshavim and other agricultural settlements, processions are held celebrating

the community's abundant produce harvest.

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