Learning about Jewish Holidays: Shavuot – The Feast of Weeks
Seven weeks after the spectacular Exodus from Egypt God revealed his will to the Israelites in an awesome event, the Giving of the Ten Commandments, to be commemorated as “Shavuot” (this is the Hebrew word for “weeks”). The Ten Commandments later also became the moral basis of many in the Western civilization.
The Sages called Shavuot “Zman Matan Toratenu”, Hebrew for “the time of the giving of our Torah”. This season is undeniably responsible for the unique character of the Israelites, their faith, and their destiny. Remarkably it is the time of the “giving” of our Torah as we celebrate the “receiving” of the Torah on Shavuot every year, and also on every day, always, and everywhere.
The Ten Commandments are the basis of the Torah which constitutes 613 commandments. By accepting the Ten Commandments, the Israelites sealed their Covenant with God. The important message of Shavuot lies therein that freedom from slavery does not represent complete freedom unless we adhere to a set of rules that find their expression in duties and spiritual restraints.
Shavuot is uniquely celebrated by studying all night until it is time for the Shema at dawn. Skyvrit Hebrew Academy for learning Hebrew online will be closed during Shavuot to let you participate in this unique activity of studying!
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