from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Judaism A feast held on the sixth and seventh days of Sivan in commemoration of the revelation of the Law on Mount Sinai and the celebration of the wheat festival in ancient times. Also called Pentecost.
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- proper n. A Jewish holiday, originally a harvest festival but also commemorating the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
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- n. (Judaism) Jewish holy day celebrated on the sixth of Sivan to celebrate Moses receiving the Ten Commandments
Next week is the holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the national revelation of the Torah to the Jewish people 3,323 years ago.
The major Jewish festivals all have historical reasons for their celebration: Passover commemorates the Exodus; Shavuot, the revelation of God at Mt.
There is not even one command to rejoice on Passover, and there is only one command to rejoice on Shavuot seven weeks later.
On Shavuot, while field crops have been brought in, we do not know whether our fruit harvest will be successful.
On the Jewish holiday of Shavuot in the early 90's, I was walking back from services at our student center in Oxford with my daughter Mushki when I saw that a line was forming outside one of the Colleges to greet Princess Diana.
Rosh HaShanah: Apples and honey; Hanukkah: Latkes; Shavuot: Blintzes and other dairy food; Tu-B'Shvat: Almonds.
Shavuot is a festival of giving, which also reminds me of Ruth.
To non-Jews, as well as many secular Jews, the custom of eating dairy food like blintzes and cheesecake on Shavuot is peculiar.
Shavuot literally means "weeks" in Hebrew, and it falls seven weeks after Passover, in springtime, when lambs and calves were suckling, so perhaps since more dairy was available it became traditional to eat dairy at that time.
With the Jewish holiday of Shavuot coming up next week, I've been thinking less about the covenant at Mt. Sinai which the holiday commemorates, and more about Leah's blintzes.
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