Shavuot

Shavuot began on 16th May and finishes on 18th May. Shavuot, שָׁבוּעוֹת – literally means weeks and is known as the Feast of Weeks. A Jewish holiday occurring on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan. According to Jewish sages Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Torah by God to the children of Israel at Mount Sinai in 1312 BCE. The Oral Torah was given to Moses at Mount Sinai and the written Torah was recorded in the following forty years according to some traditions.

Shavuot means weeks and marks the conclusion of the Counting of Omer and its date is directly linked to Passover. It is stated in the Torah that there is seven weeks counting of the Omer which begins on the second day of Passover and it is immediately followed by Shavuot. The counting of days and weeks is said to express the desire for the giving of the Torah – on Passover the people of Israel were freed and on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God.

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