Shavuot — Jewish Pentecost

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, Shavuot was a harvest festival, commemorating the ancient obligation to bring the harvest’s “first fruits” 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.

An Expression of Gratitude

Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein shares an excerpt from her new audio book, Generation to Generation, about the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (shah-voo-OH’-t), also known as Pentecost, and what this observance teaches us about gratitude and thankfulness.

What is Shavuot?

What is Shavuot -- Pentecost?

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the most important event in Israel's history -- the giving of the Torah. Learn more with an overview of this celebration.
Shavuot – A Season of Giving

Shavuot - A Season of Giving

Explore the three major themes and lessons associated with the Jewish holiday Shavuot, in this complimentary Bible study.
Recipes for Shavuot

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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