Hebrew name means: Weeks
The Hebrew name means “weeks” and celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. During the time of the Temple in Jerusalem, it was an agricultural holiday and farmers offered the first fruits of their four year old trees. In honor of the Torah, a timeless and sacred source of wisdom, it is customary on Shavuot to study through the night. While some study traditional texts, others use contemporary texts comprised of literature, art, film and the like. Because the Torah speak of Israel as the “Land of Milk and Honey,” it is customary to eat diary foods. We greet one another by saying Chag Sameach.
Begins the evening of Saturday, June 4