It is also customary to stay awake throughout the night to immerse in learning, for which we offer a wide variety of Jewish books, including chumashim, shas, talmud, Jewish thought, halacha (Jewish law), commentaries, and more! Available in English and in Hebrew.
Shavuoth is the celebration of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai.
It comes exactly 49 days after Pesach when we begin to count the omer. Get your Omer Counters here for shul and for home!
On Shavuot Pentecost we also read The Book of Ruth (Megilat Ruth), the story of an exemplary woman of valor who converted to Judaism and became the great-grandmother of King David. She teaches us of loyalty to G-d and the Jewish people and of the incredible Chesed (good deeds) she displays throughout.
David HaMelech is said to have been born on Shavuoth and Chasidim also observe the yartzeit of the Ba'al Shem Tov.
Shovuos is one of the שלוש רגלים (Shalosh Regalim - the three pilgrimage festivals) and it marks the wheat harvest in Israel. In English it is sometimes known as the Festival of Weeks.
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