Important Holiday Traditions of Shavuot

The rabbis said that the holiday of Shavuot was the happiest of all the Jewish holidays – perhaps because Shavuot is actually three important holidays in one.

On the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Jewish homes and synagogues are filled with fresh flowers to welcome the spring harvest of the first fruits. Shavuot was the day the people of Israel received the Torah.

Understanding The Significance of Shavuot

The holiday of Shavuot, or weeks in English, arrives exactly seven weeks after the Passover Seder.

These seven weeks are the counting of the Omer, during which time the wheat and barley ripen and are ready to be harvested on Shavuot. Shavuot is one of the three pilgrimages to Jerusalem established during the time of the Temple, when people brought a percentage of their first fruits to the Temple for sacrifice.

Celebrating the Jewish Holiday of the first Fruits

Hag Habikkurim means the holiday of the first fruits.

This holiday shows the intricate and invisible bond between the land of Israel and the Jewish people. The fruits brought are specified in the Torah. they are the seven native species of Israel: olives, pomegranates, grapes, figs, wheat, barley and dates. The Book of Ruth, which is read on this holiday, is set in the ripened wheat fields of Shavuot.

Spiritual and Religious Traditions of Shavuot

Alongside the agricultural aspect of the holiday is the spiritual and religious one. Hag Matan Torah, the holiday of the giving of the Torah, is the moment when the Jews who had fled Egypt finally became a nation

This is the day God gave the Jewish people the ten commandments in stone and the Oral Torah. The ten commandments are: there would be no theft, murder or wars, adultery, falsehood, envy, idolatry, worship of false gods, taking the name of God in vain, slavery, and no false witness in the courts of justice. together these commandments gave the new nation a social justice system, a moral code and spiritual guidelines.

Today’s Jewish families can offer suggested explanations in support of the ten commandments: tell the truth, use good words, appreciate friends and do not fight.

What Jews do On Shavuot

Holiday traditions include wearing white clothing and eating milk products, as opposed to meat products, to stress one’s striving for purity of body and soul in preparation of receiving the Torah. also, baskets of these first fruits called Te’ennah are decorated and displayed.

Shavuot is three important holiday traditions in one – the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai, the harvesting of the first wheat in Israel and the ripening of the first fruit in the Holy Land.

Important Holiday Traditions of Shavuot


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