May 27, 2012 | Sivan 6, 5772
Shavuot is a harvest holiday, coming exactly fifty days after Passover – the word Shavuot meaning “Weeks” because this is 7 weeks after Passover. Of course, it’s a historical holiday, as well as an agricultural one. Shavuot is the time when Jews celebrate receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai.
Special customs have developed through the years for celebrating Shavuot: attending temple services; reciting the Akdamut poem; reading the Book of Ruth; decorating the home with flowers and branches to symbolize the harvest; and eating foods made with milk and cheese.
How do you celebrate Shavuot?