Shavuot (Judaism)

From June 07, 2011 00:00 until June 08, 2011 23:59


Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai. The date of Shavuot is directly linked to that of Passover. On Passover, the Jewish people were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God.

Shavuot is also connected to the season of the grain harvest in Israel. In ancient times, the grain harvest lasted seven weeks and was a season of gladness. It began with the harvesting of the barley during Passover and ended with the harvesting of the wheat at Shavuot. Shavuot was thus the concluding festival of the grain harvest.

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