Past Jewish Festivals

Shavuot Day 2 (Pentecost 2)

09 June 2011

Sivan 7 - The second of the Pilgrim festivals is celebrated for two days. (In Israel one day). The name derives from Shavuot (weeks) seven weeks after the second day of Pesach.

The second of the Pilgrim festivals is celebrated for two days. (In Israel one day). The name derives from Shavuot (weeks) seven weeks after the second day of Pesach. It falls on the sixth day of SIVAN. The festival commemorates the ZEMAN MATAN TORATENU (The acceptance of the Torah at Sinai). The agricultural aspect of this festival is the beginning of the wheat harvest also called YOM HABIKKURIM.
(The beginning of the fruit season).

In the time of the Temple, offerings of the first fruits were brought to the Temple. In modern times, Synagogues are decorated with greenery and flowers. In Israel the first fruits are given to the J.N.F. Tradition has it that King David was born, and died, on Shavuot. The Book of Ruth is recited in memory of David as well as the wheat harvest. On the second day YIZKOR is recited.

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