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Shavuot — Pentecost

Shavuot (pronounced sha-voo-OHT), which Christians know better from the Greek, Pentecost, is one of three pilgrimage festivals in which Jewish men during biblical times were obligated to go to the Temple in Jerusalem.

Initially, it was a harvest festival, commemorating the ancient obligation to bring the harvest's "firstfruits" to the Temple in Jerusalem as an offering to God. With the destruction of the Temples, it evolved into an event of monumental significance to both Jews and Christians — the giving of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, on Mount Sinai.

You will discover a variety of resources from Bible studies to devotions to recipes to help you understand the importance and significance of this holy observance not only to Judaism, but to the Christian faith as well.

Let's Learn about Shavuot.

Discover the importance of this biblically mandated observance to the Jewish people and how it is celebrated today by watching a video, listening to a radio program from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein or reading about Shavuot.

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Recipes for Shavuot

It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot because the holiday is linked to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, which was often referred to as "a land flowing with milk and honey."

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Going Deeper

Expand your understanding of the Shavuot celebration and its significance not only to the Jewish faith but also to the Christian faith, through our Bible studies and inspirational teachings on Shavuot from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.

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